Friday, April 24 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Paris Crepes Cafe
Come out and join Juliet Dunn and 'Le Trio Parisien' as she takes you on a trip to Paris, France. Juliet resided in Paris, for 13 years of her life and therefore captures the true essence of the 'City of Love' with her Parisian accent and stories of her time spent there.
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Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Niagara Artists Centre (NAC)
The Niagara Jazz Festival is proud to be partnering with In the Soil Arts Festival to bring live jazz to St. Catharines! 2 great shows back to back on Saturday, April 25th!
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Experts say, if you can think and see it, you're half way to making your wish come true. No, it's not fluff, it's an actual science.
Guided imagery works on the idea that body and mind are united. This technique is considered a research-based approach to helping you bring your subconscious into your conscious mind and by speaking out loud and/or writing it down your heart's dream will come true. Ideally. It is a therapeutic technique, but it has been used in psychotherapy for over a century. However, the fuel required to igniting your dream into reality is the emotion and sense of clarity that feeds this wish and the action you take.
In the next 3 articles...
We'll explore in brief how the mind, the words we speak and the actions we take influences how we manifest what we see...what becomes real.
Next Article: "How Our Subconscious Influences Our Reality"
Get dressed up in your best Great Gatsby theme costume and help raise funds for
the NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL.
When: Friday, November 14 @ 7:00pm - 12:00am in EST
Where: Corks Winebar & Eatery
19 Queen Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario L0S1J0
Tickets: Available @ twilightjazz.ca
Theme: GREAT GATSBY (Costumes are encouraged!)
Corks Restaurant and Bar will be transformed into a 1920's SPEAKEASY for the evening!
LIVE JAZZ with the Kitt Cat Collective
+ DJ Marinko featuring electric jazz
Complimentary light H’ors d'oeuvres
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Due to Oct. 12th being part of our Thanksgiving Weekend, something tells me that this Sunday might not be the best time to have Hatha 1 & Hatha 2 classes. So as a result, there will be no classes this weekend. However, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to practice the following yoga style.
As you may or may not know, yoga is part of the universal wisdom teachings practiced by many across all belief systems and all walks of life. For instance, the Ashtanga philosophy gives us the 8 Limbs of Yoga. These teachings encompass the practices necessary for us to gain health & vitality and to cultivate awareness and understanding. The aim: to achieve fulfillment in life. Here are the first 2 stages:
So, giving thanks can be a personal moment and it can also be shared with a community of friends and loved ones.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Yoga Classes will not be cancelled. Yayyyy!
Our usual yoga space will be occupied due to a previously booked week long event . But, thanks to Elaine, we have a temporary yoga space to use. So, if you're new to yoga or new to our classes, check out our temporary location.
For the following days only :
Sunday, October 5
Tuesday, October 7
Sunday, October 12
Contact: email@example.com for more details.
Or, if you're already on our list, you'll receive new details in your email!
For the week of Tuesday, October 14th, we'll be back at our usual location.
Cheers & Namaste,
Where do dreams come from? Or, why do we dream?
Various answers have been given over time. Some say that dreams are nothing but a reflection of our waking experience in a new form. The medical view states dreams are due to some organic disturbances somewhere in the body, but more particularly in the stomach.
Your dreams tell you about your present state of awareness, this is why we dream. Dreams come from an inner place we call the subconscious mind and are presented to you in images which, when interpreted in the "Universal Language of Mind", become personally relevant to you and your life. The meaning of these nighttime messages can literally change your life.
Here's something to think about:
The object of all yoga is to wake up: to first experience and then become clear light. So, “dream” yoga is one that uses the dreamlike nature of reality, whether asleep or awake, as an aid to wake up – to become lucid and to become enlightened.
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Juliet Dunn's positive energy knows no bounds in the Niagara region. Recently I, like so many before me, became an avid participant in her Zumba classes -- offered weekdays at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. Needless to say, I'm having a great time. If you want to know more about her fun and eclectic classes, click here.
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Dr. Kenneth Groves is a well known naturopath in the Niagara Falls region. His clinic, Inspire Health Niagara, offers a high level of integrative Naturopathic Medical Care that emphasizes isolating the root cause of disease. He facilitates his patients along their healing journey, while simultaneously educating and inspiring them to...READ MORE.
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What better way to celebrate summer and all things new than with yoga asanas (postures) bright and early on a Sunday morning in the park?! The weather was perfect. We were nestled away under a canopy, surrounded by wet green grass, beautiful trees and a fresh summer breeze.
The buzz about our classes are growing!
For this session, I invited students to experience yoga as more than asanas but as a door to a personal meditative practice through movement which eventually leads to deeper meditation and awareness. Asanas were originally intended to be used as a way to learn about our bodies. Through this process we then learn how to create a calmer state of mind and access a higher awareness -- a stronger connection to mind, body, spirit. But, here in the West we tend to forget the deeper meaning behind this practice. In fact, according to Ashtanga Yoga, asanas are only one of eight ways to practice yoga.
Ashtanga Yoga literally means “eight limbs of yoga.” These limbs are defined in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and comprise the foundation of Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy.
The following are the 8 practices or limbs:
1. yama (moral restraints) – how we relate to others
2. niyama (observances) – how we relate to ourselves
3. āsana (posture) – how we relate to our body
4. prāṇāyāma (breath extension) – how we relate to our breath or spirit
5. pratyāhāra (sensory withdrawal) – how we relate to our sense organs
6. dhāraṇā (concentration) – how we relate to our mind
7. dhyāna (meditation) – moving beyond the mind
8. samādhi (meditative absorption) – deep realization and inner union
If you'd like to learn more about Ashtanga Yoga Philosophy contact me
Winter has come and gone and as we inch our way out of Spring, it would seem Summer is almost officially here!
The HeartMind Coach website and blog is a work-of- love-in- progress so, articles seen here are geared towards helping you to explore your life purpose, holistic wellness, creativity or for your very own personal spiritual care practice at home.
So, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Contact Dianne at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following article consists of two parts:
The first is by the Advaita Yoga Ashrama about "...The 12 Points or Techniques of Meditation", to apply when embarking on a practice using mantras.
Deepak Chopra describes a mantra in the following way...
"The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation."
(Disclaimer: Steps 6 through 8 describes use of different types of breath application so, please check with your Doctor if you have asthma, COPD or, any other contraindications prior to beginning this practice.)
The second half of this article describes meditation for travellers who are keen to maintain their personal practice away from home in "How do I Meditate When I am Travelling".
Let me know if this is helpful.
Dianne, The HeartMind Coach --- Live. Love. Matter.
How to Meditate: The 12 Points or Techniques of Meditation
by the Advaita Yoga Ashrama
There are many styles and variations of meditation that can be practiced. Many of these variations are very effective, and no one style of meditation is right for everyone. The style someone chooses can vary depending on their inclination and which form of yoga, spirituality or religion they practice. Here are the methods used for Japa Meditation (repetition of a mantra). For this method there are 12 fundamental steps.
1. Regularity. The most important aspect for a successful meditation practice is regularity. One should practice every day and bring regularity to just about every aspect of the practice. Regularity should include details such as time of daily practice, length of daily practice, meditation posture, place of meditation, and mantra used while meditating. Other factors such as wearing the same shawl or burning the same incense are also helpful to maintain regularity.
2. Time. The best time for practice is early morning. The great yogis recommend we practice during Brahmamuhurta, or the hours between 4 and 6 am. During these early morning hours the mind is very still and the energetic and thought vibrations of the world around us are few, which lends itself to better meditation. In most of our busy lives, however, a regular daily practice at this time of day is quite difficult to achieve, and so meditating during this time frame is not a hard and fast rule. In the long run practicing every day at 7 am (or some other time) will give you more benefits than practicing once per week during Brahmamuhurta and not at all on the other days.
The next best time to practice is in the evening before going to bed. Other times of day are less beneficial but are considered better than not practicing at all.
The length of time practiced is also important. If your goal is to practice meditation 10 minutes per day, stopping after 8 or 9 minutes gives leniency to the mind and can eventually erode your practice. It is better to practice 10 minutes every day, than to practice 2 minutes today, 5 minutes tomorrow, 20 minutes the day after that, and so on.
3. Space. Find a quiet undisturbed place in your house to meditate and set up an inspiring and vibrationally uplifting meditation space or altar. If possible you should try to find a place that no one else will disturb - whether that is a corner of a room, a part of a closet, or a room set up just for meditation. When possible you should try to separate this space from the rest of the house with a door or a hanging curtain.
Many people like to set up an altar to meditate in front of. This can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. It is common practice to set on the altar some photos of your main deity, your guru, or the Om symbol. You can also keep spiritual books near the altar. Many people cover the altar with a nice cloth and keep there fresh flowers, incense, a candle or oil lamp, and one or several deity figures according to their religion or practice.
Over time, while practicing in this same environment, the atmospheric vibration will change and become very uplifting. Just sitting in your meditation space will provide comfort and a sense of calm.
4. Asana. To be able to meditate well you have to be able to sit comfortably. Try to find a good, comfortable cross-legged posture. Sitting on a pillow can sometimes help. Your posture should be very steady and easy to maintain. The back should be straight and the whole body should be as relaxed as possible. Generally you should keep your hands on the knees or folded together in front of the body to help preserve energy. Try not to move. Keep your eyes closed unless you are practicing tratak (steady gazing).
At this point it can be helpful to repeat the mantra Om several times, at first out loud and then gradually mentally. It will help to calm the mind in preparation for the remaining steps.
5. Sankalpa. Now that you are comfortably in your steady posture in your meditation space, you should make a sankalpa, or resolve, commanding the mind to be quiet for a specific length of time – this will give a powerful instruction to the subconscious mind. The resolve could be, ‘I will keep my mind quiet for 20 minutes’, or ‘I will meditate 15 minutes’. Whatever you choose for your sankalpa be sure to finish the resolve to give strength to the mind and set up a good pattern for your practice.
Just as you require food for the body, so also you require food for the soul in the shape of prayers, Japa, Kirtan, meditation, etc... The food for the soul is more essential than the food for the body. Therefore, do your prayers, Japa and meditation regularly. --Swami Sivananda
6. Deep breathing. Take a few deep abdominal breaths, exhaling and inhaling through the nose.
7. Rythmical breathing. Along with your deep breaths, start counting two or three seconds as you inhale and two or three seconds as you exhale to establish a perfectly rhythmical pattern. You only need to count consciously for a few breaths and the subconscious mind will take over.
8. Shallow breathing. Gradually transition to kevala khumbaka by breathing as shallowly as is comfortable. Kevala khumbaka is the state of natural suspension of breath that advanced yogis experience. In this state your mind will be very calm, because as the breath is calm so is the mind calm. While breathing shallowly you should not feel that you are gradually running out of air. You should always breathe enough to maintain comfort.
9. Allow the Mind to Wander. At the beginning of your meditation session the mind will have a tendency to wander. Within reason you should let the mind go, only gradually gathering it in.
10. Do Not Force the Mind. It is important at this stage not to force the mind to be still. If you try to force it too much it will rebel, making your practice even more difficult. Be patient and persevere. Do not get tense as you practice. Work with your mind, not against it. Try to be a witness of the extraneous thoughts, not being affected by them, but letting them go by as though you are just watching and not engaging with them. This stage can be very difficult, but with proper patience and diligence can be overcome.
Calm the bubbling emotions, sentiments, instincts and impulses through silent meditation. You can give a new orientation to your feelings by gradual and systematic practice. You can entirely transmute your worldly nature into Divine nature. --Swami Sivananda
11. Select a Focal Point. Once your mind starts to calm down you should select a focal point, or lakshya, to concentrate on. This is usually either the place between the eyebrows (ajna chakra), or in the heart center in the middle of the chest (anahata chakra). Center your mind in that point, concentrating all of your prana (energy) and attention at that place. As an aid to concentration, it can be helpful to envision in your lakshya a bright white light, your main deity, or your guru.
Most people intuitively select either the ajna or anahata chakras as their focal point. For some people deciding on a focal point is more difficult. Usually more intellectual people will choose the space between the eyebrows and more emotional people will choose the heart center. Once you determine your focal point you should never change it.
12. Concentrate on a Mantra. The last step is to concentrate on a mantra. This becomes your main object of concentration. Everything else should just be in the background of your mind. Keep repeating the mantra until you become totally immersed in it. You should coordinate the correct repetition of the mantra on the inhale, and the correct repetition of the mantra on the exhale. Some people don't have a mantra, and it is acceptable for them to use the universal mantra Om. For some other people it can also be acceptable to concentrate on an uplifting phrase or prayer, coordinating it with your breath.
Try to sit still without moving through the remainder of your meditation time.
How do I meditate when I am travelling?
Many people have asked how they are supposed to keep a regular meditation practice going while they are travelling. They may be on a plane, a train, in an airport, in a car, or a number of places which are not the most conducive to a regular meditation practice.
There are several things you can do while travelling to maintain the regularity of your practice.
Many people travel with a portable altar. This can consist of something as simple as a photograph of your main deity, your guru, and the Om symbol. Or it can be more elaborate and also include a candle, incense and a spiritual book. Setting up your portable altar in the hotel room and meditating as much as possible following the 12 points listed above is then possible.
If your schedule is such that you will be spending the entire day in transit, the next best thing is to sit comfortably in your seat wherever that may be. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, imagining that you are in front of your main altar. Concentrate, and as much as possible follow the 12 points of meditation. Understandably this can be quite difficult, however, the most important thing is to maintain the regularity of the practice - strengthening the samskaras (latent mental impressions) that you will meditate every day no matter what, rather than strenghtening the opposite samskaras that you only meditate when it is convenient and all the conditions are perfect.
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