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Patanjali encourages us to be delighted in others good fortunes or virtues as a way to develop and maintain calmness of mind. The practice of cultivating joy is called “Mudita Bhavana.” These simple affirmations can be repeated to yourself, so that you can first feel joy for yourself, and then feel joy for another person.
May I learn to appreciate the happiness and joy I experience.
May the joy I experience continue and grow.
May I be filled with joy and gratitude.
In a study, researchers surveyed more than 300 adults on their exercise and eating habits. Detailed questionnaires revealed that people who regularly practiced yoga had a different eating style than people who did other types of exercise. Yoga practitioners were more tuned in to their appetites and were better able to judge when they were full and actually lay down the fork at the appropriate time. Could this be why the yoga devotees had lower body mass indexes on average, too? Yoga requires calm and focus. The poses, also, require people to pay close attention to their bodies. And, researchers suspect the increased mind-body awareness developed from the practice is what gives people an edge against many of life’s challenges. So, practice, practice, practice!
If you’re unlucky enough to have painful fibromyalgia, a once-a-week yoga class can help you. Researchers have watched its gentle stretching and meditation help relieve fibro’s pain, fatigue, and depression and improve memory, anxiety, balance, and stiffness. Come to my class on Saturday’s @11AM to noon. Or, we can schedule a private session and see if you can find some relief from this terrible disorder.
Recently, before teaching a class, I chose the card titled “Friendship.” It had the infinity symbol reminding me that friendship is forever. It encouraged me to trust the bonds I have created with others and to understand that the greatest gift I can give is friendship. ∞
Before each class, I have everyone choose a fractal card if they wish. After choosing one can read the meaning of the card they chose and place it at the top of their mat. The idea is to encourage everyone to set an intention for practice. Plus, the cards are beautiful and help the mind focus when it begins to wander. ♥
I gratefully accept all the health, wealth and happiness that the universe pours into me every day.