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Yoga Philosophy

Namaste

I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, light, peace and joy. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, We Are One.

Peace Closing Mantra

We end each class with the following intention.

Lo kaah Sama staah Suk hino Bhavan tu

May the entire universe be ever filled with Peace, Joy, Love, and Light.
According to this translation from Integral Yoga, Sri Swami Satchidananda explained like this, "If through these Yoga practices you have been able to tap into your own true nature and tasted the peace and bliss there, then you don't just 'hoard' it all for yourself but you release some to share for the rest of the world." Through our interconnectedness, when we practice Yoga, we benefit ourselves and all beings everywhere.

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AUM

The Mantra Om — from THE MĀNDŪKYA UPANISHAD

aum ity etad akṣaram idam sarvam, tasyopavyākhyānam bhūtam bhavad bhaviṣyad iti sarvam auṁkāra eva yac cānyat trikālātītaṁ tad apy auṁkāra eva. 

1. OM! This Imperishable Word is the whole of this visible universe. Its explanation is as follows: What has become, what is becoming, what will become – verily, all of this is OM. And what is beyond these three states of the world of time – that too, verily, is OM

Om is a cosmic vibration. It is not a chant made by us, created by us or initiated by us. Why do we chant Om? To establish a connection between ourselves and that which exists by its own right and which manifests itself as a sound-vibration in the form of Om.  Om is a vibration, a Universal vibration with which creation commenced, as they say. With Om, Brahma created this cosmos, and from Om constituted of the three isolated letters A, U, M.  When you recite Om properly, you enter into a meditative mood. You are not merely reciting a sound or a word or a phrase, you are creating a vibration. To point out once again; you are creating a vibration. What sort of vibration? Not a vibration which agitates you, irritates you, or creates a desire in your mind for a particular object, but a vibration which melts all other particular vibrations, puts an end to all desire, extinguishes all cravings and creates a desire for the Universal.

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Why 108?

"According to the Vedic scriptures, our bodies - physical and subtle - contain 72,000 energy channels, which are called "Nadis."  There are 108 major nadis that meet in the "sacred heart" (hrit padma).  By chanting a mantra 108 times the energy permeates the entire body and energy body."  (excerpted from the cd cover Mantras for Precarious Times by Deva Premal, White Swan Records, 2009)

"The number is traditionally revered in Hindu culture, linked to several ancient measurements and traditions. (The tradition predates the numbers that the castaways on "Lost" spent entering into the island's giant computer every 108 minutes -- or else.)  

The Buddhists have 108 names for Buddha, and Hinduism boasts 108 Upanishads -- ancient texts that lay down the basis for Hindu spirituality and the ideals of yoga. Ayurvedic medicine charts 108 "weak points," where a body can get congested, and of the 54 sounds in ancient Sanskrit, each has two elements, one male and one female. (Math whizzes, 54 x 2 108.) There are also 108 beads on a "mala," prayer beads used in Hinduism, and 108 beads on a Catholic rosary. 

Scientists can point to the distance between the earth and the sun, which is 108 times the diameters of the sun. Mathematically, when you divide a circle into five equal parts, each pentagon angle is 108 degrees. Astrologers can offer the nine planets, and 12 signs of the zodiac. (9 x 12 = 108. Getting the idea now?) And it should be noted that there are 108 stitches on a baseball." (excerpted from an article by JULIA SILVERMAN, The Associated Press on June 21, 2006)

So, derivatives of 108 are also used. 27 kapalabhati breaths, or 54 or 108. Some people do 108 sun salutations!

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