Bhakti Yoga: Creating More Peace In Your Life By Losing Yourself In Love

Bhakti Yoga: Creating More Peace In Your Life By Losing Yourself In Love

“However men try to reach me, I return their love with my love. Whatever path they may travel, it leads to me in the end.” —Bhagavad Gita 4.11

In 2005 I attended a retreat on Maui led by Krishna Das and Ram Das. During this retreat they told me a story I will never forget…

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Jnana Yoga: How to prevent your stories from causing you suffering

Jnana Yoga: How to prevent your stories from causing you suffering

When I was in my 20’s I made up a story in my head that I had to have a yoga mat and move through meditative postures in order to practice yoga.

When I got to my 30’s the story grew into something more meaningful. Now, yoga meant that practicing contemplative and meditative exercises would help me understand myself and…

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How To Practice Karma Yoga

How To Practice Karma Yoga

“Pitiful are those who, acting, are attached to their action’s fruits. The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. Yoga is skill in actions.” - Bhagavad Gita 2.49-50 Some of my favorite karma yoga role models are Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and––the mythical monkey––“Hanuman." To me, they exemplify the meaning of…

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Rabindranath Tagore: On Death and Humility

Rabindranath Tagore: On Death and Humility

“And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.” — Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Rabindranath Tagore was one of India’s greatest poets. He is famous for writing the national anthem for both India and Bangladesh and…

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Contemplating The Teachings Of Thomas Merton

Contemplating The Teachings Of Thomas Merton

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.”—Thomas Merton

In the hours before his unexpected death, Thomas Merton gave a speech quoting the Dalai Lama: “The time has come brother, when we must stand on our own feet.” Although the Dalai Lama was referring to…

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iRest Immersion 2019

Join us for a weekend designed to REST, RESET and RECHARGE!

This year’s Immersion is entitled, Building Your Container of Well-Being: Learn to Strengthen your Emotional Resiliency Using iRest Yoga Nidra.

These days, it is very common to find ourselves rushing from task to task, trying to accomplish the impossibly long to-do list, and doing it while running on empty! This Immersion is designed to hit the “pause” button on your life and enable you to drop into these beautiful practices and dare I say it...REST! Allow yourself the time, space and attention inward in order to reconnect to your most precious resource---You.

If we want to truly connect with ourselves and those we care about, and be a positive force in the world, we need to take time to rebuild our Container of Well-Being. Within this container, we have an immense capacity for joy, love, contentment, ease and resiliency; and iRest practices show us directly how to access, maintain and strengthen this core of well-being that resides in each and everyone of us.

iRest Yoga Nidra is a practice of meditation offering the opportunity to deeply relax while remaining present and awaken to your essential nature of timeless Being. This practice leaves you feeling refreshed, healed, and whole while experiencing an unshakable peace and well being present during even the most challenging moments.

This immersion is designed for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Our time together includes iRest practices, an overview of the 10 steps of iRest, and group discussion. Together we will explore using iRest to:

  • Manifest your heart’s desire and purpose

  • Finding your inner resource of well-being

  • Welcome & engage challenging emotions and beliefs

  • Incorporate iRest in the midst of daily life

  • Understand the neuroscience of meditation

  • Awaken to your essential wholeness and true nature

To benefit the most from this event you might enjoy reading either of Richard Miller’s books, Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing or The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, and enjoy listening to the accompanying audio practices. The audio for the PTSD book is also available here.

For those in the iRest Certification Program this immersion fulfills the short retreat requirement. To meet this qualification you are required to attend the whole event.

iREST INSTITUTE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Details:

iRest® Yoga Nidra Immersion

August 9-11, 2019

Hosted by: Alli Houseworth

Location: Mid Pac Country Club Lanikai

Ishvarapranidhana: The Art of Self-Surrender

 Ishvarapranidhana: The Art of Self-Surrender

How do you feel when you are told to surrender, let go or soften into the present moment? I don’t know about you, but for me those words only work when I am feeling relaxed and peaceful. During times of stress, especially when I am caught off guard, surrendering does not happen automatically. It is a behavior that…

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