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What would happen if the scientific principles of yoga were blended with other mindfulness and enrichment practices from around the world with one focused goal: to bless the process of aging and to increase the quality of aging lives?
YogaGOLD suggests that the dysfunctional aspects of aging begin with a disjointed, distracted mindset. The Yoga Sutras, in fact, defines yoga as "Stilling the waves of the mind." This stilling or slowing down process is where yoga should begin, and where our journey to extend and enrich life finds its origination.
Stay tuned to this Web site for further details on the development of YogaGOLD and watch it transform individuals, communities, and perhaps society at large. Aging is unfolding. And the secret is to live deeply, richly, and with deliberation.
At today's noon class in Philadelphia, Dr. Vijayendra Pratap shared some insights into the nature of learning, perspective, and how yoga is different than exercise:
What is the difference between yoga and exercise? Yoga takes you in. Exercise takes you out. Going to a party is exercise. Coming home is yoga.
Students grow and learn from the inside. If the inside is not developed, students may not be ready to handle information coming from outside.
Once you know yourself, you know everything.
When you are not calm and see other people rushing, it is not the other people, it is you who are rushing. When you are calm, the world is calm.
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President Obama: "An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions." Here is a link to the February 3 address to the Islamic Society of Baltimore: http://tiny.cc/0x3t8x
Review from Goodreads.com :
A good overview of the Beguines, who were women who heeded a spiritual calling but did not become nuns from roughly the 12th to 18th centuries in Europe. Beguines lived in communities ("Cities of Ladies"), supported themselves through crafts such as lace-making and professions such as teaching. They took no vows, but lived lives of simplicity and regular spiritual practices such as study of scripture, helping the poor, prayer, and fasting.
Swan's book is a bit dry and could benefit from some maps and photographs of beguinages, but it is well researched and clearly written. Scholars would like a few more citations throughout, but there is a good selection of sources for the reader's further inquiry. This book is worth having if for nothing more than the engaging portrait of a noble woman (not a Beguine, but from that era) on the cover. Roger van der Weyden's Portrait of a Woman in a White Headdress is hypnotic, intriguing, and more captivating even than the Mona Lisa. Look into those eyes and heed that smile if you would know women's experience of religion and life itself in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement by Laura Swan. BlueBridge, Katonah, New York. 2014