I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Isvara Pranidhana (Surrender to God)

Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What | No Comments

  According to the Yoga Journal, “Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra did not actuallyenvision a creator-god figure; more likely Patanjali’s isvara referred to ameditation vehicle, an object of the yogi’s concentration, which existed toassist the yogi in attaining liberation. In later times Isvara grew to encompass a particular deity, the Lordwith a capital I, and today can indeed ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Svadhyaya (Self-study)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What | No Comments

    Self-study helps us tosee where we, personally, generate our perceived notions of separation andisolation.  There are many paths tojourney inside. Making a commitment to practice Pantanjali’s eighfold path on adaily basis sets the tone for the yoga lifestyle.  Journaling, meditation, visualization, and studying theyoga texts are all ways to extend beyond our capabilities.  ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Santosa (Contentment)

Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What, Yoga Philosophy | No Comments

    Contentment lies in our ability to remain equanimous.  It is not that our life experiences are good or bad, it is our reactions to them that produce suffering.  Santosa teaches us how to remain in the moment, regardless if that moment is pleasurable or uncomfortable.  Equanimity means becoming aware of emotions, sensations, feelings ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Aparigraha (Non-Greediness)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What | No Comments

 It is, in my opinion only, a blessing and a curse to be living in today’s society.  What a challenge to stay focused on our path when we are constantly bombarded by messages of promised happiness through consumerism, materialistic life satisfaction and the urgency to buy into the concept of more is better.   Aparigraha teaches ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Brahmacarya (Moderation)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What, Yoga Philosophy | No Comments

  Originally, the yogis meant sexual abstinence when referring to Brahmacarya.  The purpuse of Brahmacarya, for the yogis, was to harness this sexual energy into a more pure devotional energy. When exploring Brahmacaya in modern living we refer to moderation. It can be disheartening to explore the American culture where super size and bigger is ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Asteya (Non-stealing)

Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What | No Comments

Photo taken from Plant a Memory When exploring yoga, one moves from the grosser to the more subtle level.  Most people couldn’t fathom stealing at the grosser level, like  a car or from a store.  Where, then, does the line blur between what is acceptable to steal and what is not?  For example, how often ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Satya

Posted by on Jan 12, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What, Yoga Philosophy | No Comments

Satya, the second limb of the yamas, means truthfulness. On a grosser level, satya means not telling lies. On a more subtle level, satya means speaking and following one’s truth.  This is extremely important when planning your wedding. Friends and family will share unsolicited advice on how to spend this special day, from who to ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Yoga Philosophy, Ahimsa (Non-violence)

Posted by on Jan 5, 2009 in I'm Engaged...Now What, Yoga Philosophy | No Comments

Photo taken at Inside The Bungalow by Jacquelyn Phillips with momentsinfilm.com. I’ve explored Pantanjali’s yoga philosophy before with the loving-kindness meditation.  Over the next ten weeks on I’m Engaged…Now What, we will explore the yamas and niyamas (the first two limbs of Pantanjali’s eightfold path) and how to apply these concepts to planning your wedding.  ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Creating Vision and Color Through The Chakras

Posted by on Dec 29, 2008 in I'm Engaged...Now What, Yoga Philosophy | No Comments

Chakra is a Sanskrit (the language of yoga) word meaning disc or wheel.  According to the yoga philosophy, there are seven main chakras (energy centers) located along the spine. Each chakra is associated with a specific color, part of the body, emotional quality, and spiritual attribute. The seven main chakras are listed below with benefits ...

I’m Engaged…Now What: Putting Vision Into Action Through Journaling

Posted by on Dec 23, 2008 in I'm Engaged...Now What | No Comments

Last week, we explored the importance of a vision for your wedding day. You may have even started your own Wedding Look Book.  This week, we begin the process of putting our vision into action through journaling. Remember, according to yoga philosophy, the journey is just as important as the destination.  While the wedding may ...