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Words from Aadil for Valentine’s Day

From 2/12/10:

“When we transform our thoughts, feelings, and desires by surrendering them to the heart, we allow more wisdom to flow through the body. 


For example, if I wanted a new car, home, or job, first I must ask myself why. Is there a part of my shadow that believes this new thing will change me, or is there a calling from my Soul to experience something new in my life, made possible by the new car, home, or job? This is the practice of offering our dreams to our Soul in the Heart Center, and letting go of our attachment to the outcome. Another way to think about the concept of surrender is to imagine what kind of a world we would have if we asked of every new idea, business or invention, “Will this help us move closer to our Light, or will it increase our separation?”  


The same can be asked of our yoga. The beauty of practicing asana is that it opens up the body, allowing more light to flow through it. This, in turn, gives the body the opportunity to release blockages. However, if the poses are done from what we call the vital energy which has the intention to increase one’s power, then the ego fills the body (rather than the body being transformed by light) and blockages increase. However, the vital energy, stored in the pelvis, has a gift: the beauty of the vital energy is that it provides fuel for transformation. The energy of the vital, when surrendered to the heart, allows more wisdom to flow through the body.”  by Aadil Palkhivala


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Maria Young Ace Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500) Independent Contractor providing the following services: Office Management, Bookkeeping, Web Design, Marketing and Instruction in Yoga and Martial Arts for children and adults. Black Belt, 4 year program, LockBoxing. Maria studied under Erik Lee and won Grand Champion at the Kuk Sool Tri-State Tournament in 2006. Experience Certified Yoga Instructor: 700 hour level. At Piedmont Yoga, Maria’s main instructors were Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee, and Clare Finn. To them she is eternally grateful. Richard Rosen, founder Piedmont Yoga Studio & editor of Yoga Journal says: “Among the 30...students Maria was always among the more assiduous and adept.  If you’re thinking of adding Yoga instruction to your program, then I highly recommend Maria for the job.” College: CSULB: B.A. English Literature, UC Berkeley: M.A. Comparative Literature