In This Issue
• 2008 Vibrant
Living Yoga Teacher
• Creating the Life
You Want •
• Recipe Corner •
• Upcoming Events•
• February 16 - 17, 2008 •
Breathing Workshop, Yoga Barn,
• February 23 - 24,
Vibrant Living Yoga
Workshop, Yoga Barn,
• March 7- 9, 2008 •
Vibrant Living Yoga
Carin Studio, Jakarta
• March 22-23, 2008 •
Vibrant Living Yoga
Bali Yoga Shala, Bali
• May 18 - June 15,
Vibrant Living Yoga
Anahata Resort, Bali
2008 retreats and
events to be
The new year always promises hopes of change. Even if it's based
on a calendar unrelated to natural cycles, it heralds a new beginning. This year, though, that wish is bolstered by the major astrological shift of Pluto entering into the sign of Capricorn on January 26.
Pluto has been restructuring
our collective belief
systems in the sign of
Sagittarius for the last 13
years, and now launches
into 18 years of transforming
our collective structures.
As Pluto relates to
the skeletal system in the
body - the world equivalent
is government - we
will see some reordering
of how we run things in
the world. Of course we
know it already - and this
period will remind us ever
so thoroughly - change is
the only constant.
Capricorn, whose totem is
the mountain goat, loves
stability, loves keeping
things as they are. Pluto's
main promise, regardless
of whether we invite it,
is that the old must go;
what is no longer useful
must pass away to make
room for the new. Pluto
is Shiva. The disparity in
their energies is likely to
appear in our lives, personally
and collectively, as
challenges to resolve the
apparent conflict. Some
of the best Pluto advice
came from the mythologist
Joseph Campbell who
said, 'if you find yourself
falling, dive'. So when loss
or destruction visits the
parts of our lives that we
thought needed to remain
constant, we can ask what
wants to be born in place
of that which is dying.
Pluto (like Plutonium) has
enormous power when
As always, remember
that collective astrological
movement (aka transits)
affecting us all. How
these collective planetary
configurations fall into
each persons individual
astrological chart gives
much more specific and
personal information. May
we all invest ourselves
creatively into the Plutonic
birth of new structures,
and systems that support
greater and greater
Cranberry - Apple - Walnut Pie
We're happy to announce
that Elaina Love
will once again be joining
us for our Vibrant
Living Yoga Teacher
Training. This month
we're featuring another
one of Elaina delicious
recipes. Check out more
on Elaina, including
recipes, workshops and
recipe books, equipment
and supplements at her
online Pure Joy store,
at Pure Joy Living
2 cups soaked walnuts*
1/2 cup pitted dates
1 cup cranberries
1 tsp orange zest
1 cup pitted dates
3 thinly sliced apples
3-4 shredded apples
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4-1/2 cup soaked
1 cup cranberries,
chopped in half
3/4 cup chopped dehydrated
*1 1/4 cup presoaking,
soak for 8-48 hrs, rinsing
twice daily. Dehydrate
for crunchy crust
Prepare the crust:
Process all ingredients
in a food processor until
well pureed. Press into
a glass pie plate.
Prepare the filling: Pure
dates in a food processor
along with seasonings.
Mix dates with
except walnuts and 1/4
cup cranberries, in a
large bowl. Pour into
the pie plate, using your
hands to shape the pie.
Sprinkle the top with
walnuts, then decorate
with the rest of the cranberries.
at least two hours.
See our site for more
info on raw food or
|February 2008 Newsletter
We're in it already, so the question now is how to we make 2008 GREAT. What will make this year the best one of our entire lives thus far?
In this edition you'll read about the most exciting programs we've launched yet. I'm particularly ecstatic with what's on the horizon for May and June; though we call it a Yoga Teacher Training, the truth is that it's a four-week experience open to anyone, regardless of yogic history, specifically designed for transformation, fun and liberation. You'll also find an article of mine published in the UK's Yoga Magazine to help you cultivate and activate your goals - now's the perfect time.
Thanks for reading and for all you're doing to create a magical year - two thousand
2008 Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training • May 18 - June 15, 2008
Breathe, sweat and transform with us in the lush tropics of Bali, where the world's leading teachers combine ancient wisdom in a contemporary context - guiding you to liberation and education. This year's training sees some old friends, such as London's Edward Clark and our fabulous raw chef, Elaina Love, as well as some new guests and new components to the training, including NLP Trainer Alastair Prentice and famous world musicians Wah and Dave Stringer.
The Training will be held in the tropical luxury of Anahata Villas this upcoming May 18
– June 15, 2008. Our unique multi-style residential intensive dives into today's modern Yogic styles, including Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Tripsichore, Iyengar-style and more.
Our 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification course presents a phenomenal comprehensive curriculum....from challenging asana to enlightening philosophy, uplifting live music to divine, healthy chocolate – every top quality component selected to enhance the ultimate, international yogic community.
Discover how you share yoga, by learning what's come before you.
Our 2008 guest faculty includes:
||Edward Clark – Tripsichore (UK) The creator of Tripsichore, the London-based yoga performance group delighting audiences around the world, Edward fuses his keen artistic vision with a deep understanding of the essential pursuit of yoga practice in classes that are entertaining, demanding, and exhilarating.
||Wah – World Musician (US) Contemporary devi with the voice of a goddess her internationally acclaimed music is a luscious mixture of spirituality and contemporary groove.
||Gabriel Cousens – Living Food Nutrition (US) Holistic physician, author, medical researcher, world's leading raw food nutritionist, Gabriel is passionate about his devotion to improving world wide culture of life.
||David Garrigues - Astanga (US) Certified Ashtanga
Yoga Instructor since 1979. David's unique blend of a challenging
and supportive teaching style, with deep knowledge and love
of culture, history, and language creates a rich, traditional, yet
diverse yoga experience.
||Dave Stringer – World Musician (US) Considered the leader of the new American kirtan movement, Dave marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sound of American gospel, jazz and funk.
||Emil Wendel – Philosophy and Pranayama (Nepal) Native of Switzerland, Emil has lived in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying first Chinese Classics, Taoism in Taiwan and then Sanskrit and Indian Thought. Deeply passionate about philosophy and its application in Yoga, he merges physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation with discussions on liberating knowledge to deepen a Yoga practice beyond the mere physical experience.
||Elaina Love - Living Foods Chef (US) Elaina Love is a
professional Raw Food Chef, Author, Living Light Instructor,
Restaurant Consultant and Lifestyle Counselor whose unique
style of creating the best raw food cuisine earned her a reputation
as top in the raw food world. With a passion for sharing knowledge
through teaching and support, she empowers others to make
positive lifestyle choices and incorporate more living, raw food into
||Chris Kummer – Yoga Anatomy (Australia) An accredited
naturopath, Bodywork Practicioner and qualified Hatha yoga teacher himself, Chris is continually exploring further aspects of the mind-body-spirit connection to present to his students in a dynamic, fun and easily digestible format. Chris combines his long-standing passion for yoga with a professional interest in health and healing, into a hands-on, explorations of anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers.
||Alastair Prentice – Neurolinguistic Programming (Tokyo) A Certifi ed New Code NLP Trainer, Master Hypnotherapist and specialist in NLP training (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Ali invokes others to awaken into full human consciousness
through the practice of self awareness.
||Alanna Kaivalya - Jivamukti (US) Alanna Kaivalya: Advanced Certifi ed Jivamukti Yoga Instructor who blends Nada (sound), Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith).
The Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training is for anyone, and our intensive is appropriate
for students of all levels. Whether you are already teaching, about to begin or are
new to the benefits of yoga, waking up to who you really are not only frees you to live
the life you always knew was possible -- it also frees others.
For more information about this year's Teacher Training and Intensive and to apply,
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or please visit our site.
Creating the Life You Want
The arrival of a new calendar year usually means two things: a big night out and a slew
of resolutions, which - we already know - equate to great intentions that we wont stick
to. How's it going so far? What if we turn this New Year's resolutions into powerful creations?
It's possible to create exactly what we wish, and to enjoy the process.
The recently popular movie The Secret opened many eyes to the possibility that we can
actually create, and, in fact we are always creating. It may have led, however, many
people to think that they can simply imagine and wish, and then their dreams will appear.
Maybe... and maybe not. If you've tried this approach without results, read on.
you can do
a thing or
as many as
– Louis Carroll.
kind of fun
to do the
The first step: Whatever we direct our attention towards gets energized,
we're always creating (whether intentionally or unconsciously)
and it's completely possible to live as we wish. This first step is essential
for conscious manifestation. Without it, any endeavor is likely
doomed. Already this becomes a sticky point for many of us - how can I
see it, if I don't believe it? Yet the mind is a spectacular tool, capable of
anything. So, even if part of us is skeptical, we set aside space for another,
imaginative part of us to dream and to vision. Sure, doubts might
creep in, and that's fine. Yet to successfully create we keep energizing
the believing, imaginative part.
The second step: Once you see what you wish to create, then how
do you energize it, how to take it to reality? This is where The Secret
might fall short, where we might end up disappointed - the second
step is also vital: do something about it. The Lord helps those who
help themselves. The simple act of visioning will begin many helpful
processes. We'll meet people, generate ideas, encounter resources,
develop initiative and persistence, all of which will move us closer to
our goal, or our goal closer to us. We move forward by trial and success.
Every action, every effort, leads us closer to our goal.
Once the vision is clear, write it down. Thought, word, action. Three
essential components to help speed along our goals - and to keep us
expanding our possibilities are: express goals in positive terms (say
what you want rather than what you don't want), use the present tense (write it as if it was already realized), and leave room for things to be
even better than you imagine (you can add 'or better' to any goal). The
clearer we see our goal, and the clearer we write our goal, the sooner
it becomes reality.
Having taken these steps, what might come next? I could immediately achieve my
goals, or it might take some time, which, if we're moving in the direction we want, is
not so important. Believing in and writing our goal will inspire us to action. We'll practice,
we'll model after people who've achieved the results we wish, we might close our
eyes and visualize ourselves doing it. It's up to us to follow up on the opportunities that 'appear'.
We expect results immediately. And sometimes, if we don't get what we want right
away, we think something's wrong, and we give up. So, to continue energizing our goal,
we might read it out loud twice a day. We might ask some friend to remind us, to periodically
ask us how we're doing with our goal.
Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. -Thomas Edison
The final step: We have to be open to experience life in a new way for our goals to
manifest. Some aspects of our life will change. Most new attitudes, behaviors, feelings
feel awkward or uncomfortable at first. We could unconsciously prevent wonderful
new facets of our life just by continuously thinking of ourselves as we were, as we
have been. We can be anything we want. Are you ready for a change?
|Further tips on goal-setting: If you need
a boost to figure out what you want, you
might start by setting the goal of 'I know
what I want.'
Some games to spark your imagination:
Make a list of experiences youd like to
have before you die: skydiving, visiting the
Himalayas, a harmonious relationship, parenting,
writing a novel, building an orphanage.
Rule nothing out.
You might brainstorm your goals by category:
health, business, financial, relationship,
spiritual, home, family, yoga.
Imagine your life 5, 10, 20 years from
now. What does it look like? Who are you
with, what are you doing? How do you want
other people to experience you?
If your goals seem far-fetched, that just
means theyre big goals, powerful, and
likely even more gratifying when you reach
them. As Lao Tzu said, 'The journey of a
thousand miles begins with one step. After
you see the final goal, then find one action
you can take now, give yourself a timeline
to do it, and begin it.
||Periodically review your goals and
see if they still fit or if you want to modify
them. Write down why you have a
particular goal. When goals are more
energized with emotion, with purpose,
they have more momentum.
Surround yourself with people that
support and believe in you. We become
like the people we spend time with. Who
focuses on possibilities, who's positive,
who inspires you? What contributes to
the most energized, enthusiastic, and
Ultimately, achieving goals doesn't
guarantee happiness. True inner satisfaction
won't come from achievements.
Yet, while we're in the game of life, we
might as well play well. In experiencing
our creative power we come to understand
that we are not victims in life. It's
not happening 'to' us; we are - consciously
or not - always co-creating our
experience. Perhaps in realizing our
goals, we'll also realize that liberation,
too, is a choice.
Modified from article in UK's Yoga Magazine
2007. For more articles by Daniel,
see our site.
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