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17 February, AM – Asociación Centro ADAMA – Cártama – Spain – Karuna Prakriti Reiki Karuna es una palabra sánscrita que significa. REIKI KARUNA PRAKRITI Karuna-Prakriti es el nombre que se le da al sistema de Reiki más poderoso que se conoce hoy en día. La energía se percibe más. a tool for liberation in Buddhism, the others being skillful means (upaya) and compassion (karuna) Prakriti: nature on all its levels, from physical to energetic.

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May the information that shapes our ever evolving practice integrate into every aspect of our waking life.

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Each year at Karuna a new hour teacher training begins. Students embark on a rigorous journey, employing their bodies, minds and spirits in a deep study of Yoga.

ptakriti The first questions asked for contemplation have a variety of answers, and those answers may change for individuals over the course of their training or throughout years of practice. The following questions are useful to contemplate and revisit for teacher trainees, teachers and student alike. Joanna Caplan, a current teacher trainee, shares her thoughts:.

How does the way you think and feel challenge the way you do yoga? Discuss and be succinct.

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So what does this mean in practice? This past month, I have begun to establish a regular home asana, pranayama and meditation practice. My past ten plus years of a semi-regular, on and off again asana practice rarely included a meditation component.

In fact, it had been a while since my mind and I had come to greet each other in this way. While meditation is an accessible and concrete practice, I have found it to be challenging and confrontational. I find the above statement to be radical and liberating.

Furthermore, if we think about peace in this way, as something we can find or acquire then peace becomes yet another sensation, like good and bad, pain and pleasure. In relation to my asana practice, I have in fact found myself getting lost in the sensations of pain and pleasure. By the end of class, I want to feel a certain way, to be more calm, centered and peaceful.

Therefore, the feeling I get after finishing an asana practice is just that, a feeling. Now I am not discounting my asana practice. Rather, I am beginning to observe my patterns, my habits, my cittavrtti, and in these observations I am beginning to hear and approach an understanding of what Patanjali is articulating.

I think it is because the mind, in yogic philosophy, is multidimensional and dynamic. It is not one thing. I do, however, observe moments of connecting to something deeper, to something that goes beyond sensation, feeling and mind, to something completely effortless. I think this is what Patanjali, Iyengar, Maharaj are talking about. I want my practice to be about surrender and release. I want my practice to remind me that I have never left myself, I am right here, deep, deep inside and all I have to do is listen.

In our seeking, many of us find yoga- its goal is to deliver a spiritual practice that unites us with ultimate reality. Through the sutras, we learn that following the fundamental path of yoga requires us to disengage from the material world Prakriti because our spirit self Purusha has become entangled through the five afflictions kleshas.

According to Patanjali, we need to disentangle spirit from matter through constant, inner practice to purify body mind and spirit abhayasa and renunciation or non-attachment leading to spiritual surrender vairagyain order to truly know ourselves. By following the yogic path, we are provided with the means to awaken our authentic selves that lie beyond the order of nature and remain unchanging.

As we began our teacher-training program, Eileen introduced us to a non-negativity diet, one way of taking a moment-by-moment inventory of how the various kleshas may be impacting our lives.

By noticing our tendencies to deny truth or our failure to be curious, we chose avidya.


Through a competitive spirit, we demonstrate asmita, and through attachment to outcomes, possessions or even particular people, we align ourselves with raga. We demonstrate dvesa when we employ judgment, of ourselves and of others, and abinivesa when we place ourselves before others in an attempt to outwit death.

When we are not experiencing our true selves, we are entangled with the layers of unreality colorings of the mind.

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These are dual- aklistas are thought patterns that hamper us on our path to enlightenment and klistas are patterns karunna move us forward. To observe the coloring of our thoughts is a useful practice. By noticing and acknowledging praakriti ourselves that they are in fact, just thoughts, we can move to the prakditi level of noticing if they are colored or not, positive or negative, serving us well, or not. According to Patanjali, ignorance creates all the other obstacles.

We have it in our power to cultivate concentration and remove these obstacles to enlightenment. We have the choice to end our own suffering through practice and renunciation. As we learn to detach from the outcomes of our work and focus simply, clearly and continuously, on the process, we kzruna teach ourselves to notice without judgment and through these observations, we create the vehicle for change.

The Buddhists teach that what we resist persists. When we practice with vairagya, we observe without resistance; we grow. By noticing and contemplating on the kleshas in the form of a daily inventory, we begin the process of eradication.

Because the nature of all, including ourselves, is of Prakriti, we carry all the characteristics of nature gunas in various imbalanced ways. Our nature changes from one moment to the next, exposing us to the tendencies of sattva illuminationrajas passion and tamas inertia. The gunas cause us to perceive the world in unbalanced ways. Hopefully, as we learn to quiet the mind, we will see more clearly with a heart that may be more trustworthy than the fickle distortions of the mind.

In any case, the colorful klista sanskaras, the imbalanced state of the gunas and the kleshic tendencies are part of the human condition and the sutras provide us with a means of comprehending and a vehicle for transcendence. A student recently snapped this shot of a class observing Eileen doing a pranayama demonstration. The practice we do at Karuna is a mindfulness practice of seeing, hearing, feeling, and doing. Doing from a place of being. As an aspect of the Iyengar practice students learn the art of observation; we observe actions in each others bodies and try to translate these actions into our own bodies.

One may wonder how it is possible to observe the breath. This photograph is a great example of the subtle awareness one begins to gain through the yoga practice.

Watching pranayama is another aspect of meditation on the breath. Here each student is able to witness the movement of the breath through the body and become more familiar with the sound of the different methods of breathing as well as the quality of softness in the muscles and skin.

This past month the yoga teacher trainees at Karuna were assigned to read the Bhagavad Gita. In preparation for the workshop taught by Satyanarayana Dasa at Karuna a few weeks ago, students were asked to answer the following questions:. How is work transformed into worship?

Why does the Gita offer many alternative paths of practice? What are the obstacles to the recognition of divinity in each of us? She also teaches anatomy at Karuna. This is her response. Before I answer these questions, I feel that I must honestly say how much I have struggled with reading the Bhagavad Gita. Unlike most of what I have been exposed to in this training, I do not feel aligned with much of what I have been reading.

I have sought out different translations and tried listening to a recording. It feels wrong to me that the conclusion of the lesson that all of our experiences are an illusion is that Arjuna should go ahead and kill his friends and family members. Just as the Bible was written by men not by Godthis text also seems to have been written down by men and contains their inherent and cultural biases.


Karma is one of those words that seems to be frequently misused. These impressions, carried in latent form into our next life, determine our future temperament and destiny. Without that concept, the ideas in the Gita would overwhelm me. If everything flows back to the divinity, if there is one God responsible for everything I experience, then why should I bother to act? Why would my actions matter? This question is harder for me to understand. I believe that the Gita tells us that we need to do our worldly work, we need to persist in action, but that we need to do so without attachment.

When I translate that into my own situation, here is my interpretation: I work with very challenged children in very challenged families and social situations. If this is truly my work which I am still trying to figure outit is correct for me to do my work as opposed to staying home and praying and doing yoga or watching TV all day!

But it is incorrect for me to expect or become attached to the outcomes, to changing the children or the families, or to improve or take them out of their situations.

This thought is comforting to me, because work can get caught up in so many struggles of the mind — am I paid enough?

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Am I appreciated enough? Can I get health insurance? Am I passionate about my work every day? Making a shift to fix my heart on the divinity through the work day is a good strategy to escape all these thoughts which, in truth, are NOT my work. Even though I have been working on reading this work since last month, I guess I have not read or understood enough to really take in that this is what the Gita is doing.

I was able to learn from searching for more information that three of the paths are considered Karma Yoga selfless actionBhakti yoga devotion and Jnana yoga self transcending knowledge but this is not what I learned from the reading that I did. I imagine that the reason for multiple paths is because there is so much complexity in the relationship between personhood and the divine; each path perhaps provides a unique set of lessons or lens through which to understand the path as well as the destination which is the same for all three paths.

I understand the Gita to be saying that there is only one God, that everything is the Godhead. The solution to this is discussed in the Gita as well as in the Sutras: My image for the samskaras is like an Etch-A-Sketch, and there are some pathways very clearly marked.

The purpose of our practice is to create the potential for all the pathways to be available to us equally all the silvery Etch-a-Sketch coating to be removed so that we can act based on what is the best choice for our Karma and not simply as dictated by our samskaras. Woodstock, VT; Skylight Illuminations; A Walkthrough for Westerners. Megan Frazier has always loved the exploration of the body, both as a dancer and as an anatomist.

She currently practices physical therapy in both pediatric and geriatric settings, and is an adjunct neuroanatomy instructor at Springfield College. Megan was first introduced to yoga in high school by her modern dance teacher, and finds that yoga practice deeply enhances her anatomical exploration. Yoga is the practice of self-awareness.