On Mercy - by Prem Sadasivananda

The aspirant on the path of Yoga should be humble, simple, gentle, refined, tolerant, merciful and kind. Sivananda

Comment: Why did so many great masters and incarnations of the past speak of mercy? And yet does anybody use this beautiful word today? Mercy is the condition of a complete identification with a person or any being. It is the state in which our own existence melts into the existence of another.

When you left arm hurts, you don't think, "This is my left arm hurting, it is ok, I will pay attention to my right arm now." You feel your body as one. You act to heal or save your left arm as if it were your whole body. So does a merciful person feel for another as if that being or a person were himself or herself. In mercy we feel and understand deeply the depth of somebody's suffering or pain. We take it into our heart and hold it there.

"Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy." Prem Sadasivananda

Self-Acceptance, by Prem Sadasivananda

All relationships are important, but the relationship with one’s own self constitutes the essence of how we relate to everything else. In simple words the more accepting, the more compassionate relationship we have with our own self, the more accepting and enriching will be our relationships with others. Have you ever contemplated how the manner in which you treat yourself affects how you see or treat others? 

 Our mind is like a large mirror that has two sides – one facing in, and other facing out. The two sides are interactive and affect each other. How we perceive the things outside is influenced by the quality of the reflection of our ‘inside’.

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A Sedona Sweat Lodge

Recommended to me by a friend, I met Rahelio this past February when traveling out west. I signed up for a ceremonial sweat lodge in his backyard. I had no idea what this would entail, but i had my husband drop me off to his house in the middle of the Sedona desert, and as it turned out, it would be one of the most beautiful experiences of my trip and quite possibly my life.

About 10 people crawled into a small yurt with a hole in the middle for our legs and for the wood burning chimney. Sitting in a circle, perched on the edge of earth, we started by offering tobacco to the fire to symbolically burn ignorance, ego, and other negative qualities or thoughts. In the pitch black, we went around praying for loved ones, the planet, and said very personal prayers from the heart. My whole life I have been taught to pray and have come to know the power of prayer. But prayer out loud, directly from the heart with no memorized script... in front of other people?! This was a whole new ball game for me. As the ceremony continued, Rahelio poured water and tea tree oil on the fire place and the yurt got hotter, I could feel we were about to do some serious energetic shedding. In the darkness and in the steam, he continued to lead the most beautiful satsang imparting us with the wisdom and teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, and the native Americans....often breaking into Native and Celtic songs, while his son played the crystal singing bowls. He said something that night that really stood out to me, it was an Aha moment of sorts. When I got back to the yoga center at home, I immediately shared it with my students. It was surrounding the idea of positive affirmations, and how so many people are using them. Personally, I love them, and I often mention them when giving lectures on the art of positive thinking and meditation. 

To practice, you would affirm out loud the qualities which you wish to bring about in your life. For example: Freedom. "I am free. I walk on this beach as free as the birds. Freedom is my birthright, it is in my heart, I am free here and now" It can be such a beautiful practice! ...but there's a catch, If you are feeling the vibration of freedom in your being and you affirm it to the universe it lights you up like the fourth of July! Like attracts like, and you will continue to move forward embracing cultivating and living in this positive vibration! However... if you are not feeling the energy of that which you are trying to cultivate - it won't really do much at all. You have to meet yourself where you are at. So instead of affirming that which you would like to become, PRAY. For example, "Great Spirit, Lord, The Universe... Show me the path to walk in freedom and beauty. Help me to become a more courageous person. Help me to embrace the essence of my true self .... joy, wisdom and peace " ... Then as always, be careful and be ready ... The university of life has very special ways of teaching us!

The sweat lodge experience was a total purification for body, mind, and heart. I intimately bonded with the souls of the 10 people who were there that night even though I could not see their faces. When it was over a majority of the people made the mass exodus to get fresh air. I took my sweet time, I didn't want to leave or for this experience to be over just yet. There was one other woman sitting next to me who felt the same way. As we sat there in the dark she asked if she could kiss me. I was SO taken back and surprised by this...I am a New Yorker after all … but in this particular moment I said sure. She kissed me on the head and said thank you for sharing your beautiful heart with us. We emerged from the lodge shiny new people with lighter hearts and expanded visions.

Aho!

You can find Rahelio here

Written by, Elizabeth Dunne

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Space, The Yogic Frontier... By Elizabeth Dunne

A few days before Christmas, my fellow teachers and I lingered around our mats after morning practice to check in with one another. One of us had a cold virus, another craved for a social experience outside of a yoga studio, and the rest had a far -off distant stare resembling the exact definition of burnout. The consensus was that we were about to approach New Year’s Eve huffing to the finish line, and we could all use some space. There is a thing as teaching too much yoga, especially around the holidays when picking up extra classes is as easy as picking up a cookie.

I just returned from leading a 10-day yoga vacation in St. Lucia. I have experienced clarity and inspiration to return to daily “reality” with a renewed sense of vision. I feel refreshed and more connected to the practice and myself than ever.

Retreat. I have learned that teaching yoga is a big responsibility, and it’s not a job to be taken lightly.  Students count on you to lead them through a soulful experience that connects them to their higher self.  For me, many elements go into teaching a class: prayer, faith, dedication, reflection and intuition, to name a few. I have to be ON when I teach,. I have to get good rest, eat properly, meditate, and set intentions with prayer to fully prepare myself for the energetic exchange.

The potential for transformation and breakthroughs is on the forefront at a yoga studio; a lot goes down in those four walls! Needless to say when teaching a class of 30 people the energy exchange is undeniable. For me, I have experienced no greater bliss than sharing the light of yoga to a full class. Usually I am graciously floating from the exchange…. But at times I must respect my true nature’s craving for silence and retreat.  To connect to the divine, silence and space are necessary. Taking silence from teaching serves as a refreshment for the soul and the student within.

Unplug. We live in a fast-paced world. We can get in contact with friends or co-workers instantaneously with texting, high speed Internet and smart phone apps. Honestly, all of this can be exhausting and a HUGE energy sucker. You know you are on the brink of burnout when you look at your cell thrilled that you don’t have missed calls, messages or urgent emails. Phew, The coast is clear!

I am not needed and can go on designing the rest of my moment.  The great thing about going away or declaring a staycation is that you can retreat from the use of technology. Take a break from constant contact and communication. Empty the mind, slow down and connect to the divine… also lend your thumbs a rest!!

Break the Routine. In daily life we have classes, appointments, side-jobs and obligations that over time become familiar and routine.  When we are familiar with something, it is easy to lose the energy, edge and excitement of it.  Over time the façade of familiarity can be like looking through wax paper; we ultimately forget the mystery.

I have found that breaking the routine can be a super food for my creativity and passion. When we step outside the box of normal life to connect with strangers and explore new cultures, we have a broader sense of the world and our place in it.  We come home to rediscover our life with childlike wonder and amazement.

Connect with Nature. Not everyone practices yoga, but the practice of connection is universal. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all long for the same experience. The one that drives us home to realize we are one with the universe. The natural landscape generously lends us this peace of mind and has the ability to nourish and heal us.

When you get the chance to step out of an urban environment on a clear night and stare out into the cosmos, a strange and deep sense of belonging swells in the heart.  When viewing the vast horizon over the mountains, oceans or plains, all of the sudden life’s big problems suddenly appear smaller and more manageable.

I had a conversation with a young native taxi driver in St. Lucia who had never before left the island. In conversation over my affinity for the landscape, he told me sometimes he would take a walk in the forest, pick some mangoes, listen to the birds, and before he knew it he was asleep. Agreeing with me, he said, “It’s really easy to be at one with the universe here.” When you surround yourself with lush live beauty and space it’ll no doubt reflect in the mind and heart.

Liz is a full-time human being from planet earth. She spends her days sharing the light of yoga on Long Island, New York. Her life is an exploration of the art of being fully present and alive. Off the mat, Liz enjoys engaging in conversation with her friends at the local soup shop, and sitting on the beach humbled by the vastness of the horizon. She digs reggae vibes, blue-grass music, and the lyrical stylings of Regina Spektor.

Stepping up and Tuning in, A Long Beach woman takes up a practice at Love Integration Yoga

Ariela is one of our newest teachers here at Love Integration Yoga! You can enjoy her class Sunday March 17th at 5:00 pm. This class is a donation based hatha yoga practice for all levels of practitioners. Beginners Welcome! Please make sure to follow Ariela @arielarossberg on instagram and facebook, and check out her latest creation, A MUSING, a podcast for magic seekers featuring conversations on creativity.

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Coming this Fall

We are thrilled to announce a few sacred workshops and classes with Prem Sadasivananda for this upcoming fall! 

Starting on the fifth of September, at 7:15 pm we will have a class dedicated to shaping your thoughts and gaining control over the journey of life: You are the Architect of Your Destiny. This class will focus on Vedanta philosophy and Prem will enlighten us with his guidance, promoting a transformation. You are the Architect of Your Destiny will run during Wednesdays of September, the 5th, 12th, and 19th. 

Join us on Saturday September 15th, from 6:00 pm - 7 for a Kirtan and Potluck to commemorate the one year anniversary of Love Integration! Prem is leading the kirtan, and it will be followed by a vegan potluck -- please bring a dish! 

In October, Prem will begin a series of meditative classes which will bring the students through the practical steps to create a tangible approach to meditating. This is a two week experience, beginning on the 3rd and ending on the 10th - both classes will be from 7:15 pm to 8:30. 

Prem is hosting a second Kirtan on Saturday, the 6th of October, from 6 pm to 7:30. This ceremony will focus on devotional singing, which is a guaranteed way to open your heart. 

Moving into November, Prem will lead a two week series on cultivating independence. The first class will be on the 7th, and the following is on the 14th: both begin at 7:15 pm and end at 8:30. 

You can register for these courses through MINDBODY now! Can't wait to see you all there! 

 

 

 

 

learn to incorporate essential oils into daily life

Love Integration Yoga will be hosting four workshops on how to incorporate Essential oils to your daily lives by learning how to use them for your health and well-being! Please join us on the following dates for an experience you won't want to miss!
These workshops are by donation! 

August 12th 2018- Natural Solutions using Essential Oils
Learn how to use Essential oils for all your health goals. We will discuss the benefits of essential oils and how you can incorporate healthy living and healthy goals into your life feeling confident about the products you are using. This is a great class to start your journey incorporating essential oils into your life.

September 9th 2018- Chakras and Essential Oils
Essential oils balance your vibrational energy. Learn how to support your chakras with essential oils. This class will teach you how to balance your chakra energy and you will experience the shift of your energy when applying the essential oils.

October 6th 2018- Getting Sick? Support your immune system with immune-boosting essential oils.
Learn how to keep your house free of germs the natural way. Learn what oils and products are safe and secure knowing they are non-toxic, but are potent enough to protect your immune system. 

November 11th 2018- Emotional Aromatherapy
In our stressful ever-changing world learn to use essential oils to help calm and center your life. Learn an easy meditation while incorporating the essential oils to enhance your experience. These powerful essential oils will balance your emotional energy. You will learn how to manage stress using these natural solutions that you can feel good about.

Love Integration Yoga's One Year Anniversary

We can hardly believe how fast this year has flown by! Thank you all for your love & support in making this spiritual center what it is. Love Integration has been an answered prayer for us all. We plan to continue to open the doors for everyone in this community to share in the love for many years to come! 

Please help us to celebrate Love Integration Yoga's One Year Anniversary!!!

September 16th 6-8 pm

One year ago was our grand opening, it was a truly magical night. Help us to recreate the magic for our first birthday!

Join us for a celebratory Kirtan led by Prem Sadasivananda and Jagat Guru Dileepji

Followed by a Vegan Potluck. Please Bring a Dish!

$10 Donation, Thank you for all of your love and support this year ♥ We are so grateful. 

In this experience you will learn how to lead a chant or simply come to enjoy the music and the uplifting vibration of the chants.

The rhythm, sound, depth and beauty of Sanskrit sounds and melodic chants are truly beyond the words. They will open your heart. Devotional singing is a wonderful way to bring the mind into a uplifted and concentrated state.

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my first kirtan by Marissa Iovino

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A kirtan involves a musical number, followed by a spiritual discussion - and, in our case: a fruitful meditation. The music numbers are collective: Call and response style chanting. Prem leads using both the harmonium and guitar, other yogis may play the tambourine; many contribute using shaker instruments. This is my first kirtan; but proves to be a rewarding and accessible experience. The continuous vibration of sounds and movements are invigorating.

It is such a treat to have Prem Sadasivananda leading courses and events at Love Integration. The kirtan is the first time I have the pleasure of meeting Prem; and, as cheesy as it sounds, I was enamored once he walked through the door. Prem carries with him an energy that is radiant. Sitting in the front row, I knew I was revitalizing the moment we began meditating. His speeches reach every member of the crowd in ways that are absolutely unique. Saturday’s lecture touched on subjects such as: the mind’s ability to curate our reality, illusions and distractions, and removing ourselves from the bondage we’re holding onto.

Kirtan to me means a cleansing, a spiritual awakening regarding the things we’re blissful to ignore. Stepping out, breaking through our boundaries. Kirtans allow us to become one step closer to our true self.