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Our Feeling Yogi class will now be from NOON UNTIL 3 PM ON MAY 4TH. This change in timing is to accommodate those who will move on to the SPECIES PARADE AT 4pm. This parade is a wonderful event, in case you have missed it in the past!

UPDATE: Elizabeth has decided that late notification for the content of the April 20th class means it would be better to reschedule the same class for May 4th, still at 8Petals from 1 to 4 pm.

Dear Friends,

This coming Saturday, April 20th, On Saturday, May 4th, I will offer a Saturday afternoon Deepening Yoga class at 8Petals from 12 to 3 pm from 1 to 4:00 pm, with a focus on working with emotions within the context of yoga practice.

The Feeling Yogi: Emotions, Svadyaya or Self Reflection, and the Practice of Yoga

Our emotional natures have a place within practice, though there is not much guidance directly offered in the classical yoga scriptures suggesting how we might utilize our feeling selves within the inner search that is at the heart of the journey. We will honor the emotional dimension, and consider fruitful approaches to working with the gifts of our feeling selves, especially as this emerges within our practice in class, or on our own.  We will practice asana, pranayama, and meditation geared towards soothing our emotional bodies, based on a practice sequence offered by BKS Iyengar in his book Light on Life. Please bring an image or altar object that reflects something of your emotional relationship with your practice of yoga.

The tuition will be $30 to $45 for the class; please inquire about bartering if you need to pay less. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions in advance via email or phone.
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“ If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ”
May these days of Spring bring each of us inner nourishment and vitality.
Sending warm greetings, Elizabeth

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I am excited to post these details for the coming week-end, when we will have a special event at 8Petals on Saturday night… please come, and bring all your friends and family who may be interested!

Foundations of practice and the paths of yoga: Talk and kirtan with James Boag 7-10pm Saturday 10th September, 8 Petals, Bellingham. Class and kirtan by donation. Suggested donation: $10-30

Talk and discussion: 7:00-8:30pm: As the practical school of Indian philosophy, yoga offers the means to cultivate greater awareness, skilfulness and joy in all that we do. With reference to the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, this talk will clarify what it means to practice yoga, and how, by working with the foundation practice principles of the yoga tradition we can bring its rich and nourishing influence into all aspects of our lives. We will also consider different approaches to yoga and how what are sometimes seen as different paths of yoga are actually mutually complimentary and supportive aspects of practice.

Kirtan: 8:30-10:00pm Join James in the blissful practice of Kirtan and gain greater understanding of Kirtan as a rewarding and powerful part of yoga practice.

The evening will continue with kirtan: call and response chanting. James will introduce the practice of kirtan and situate it within the broader picture of yoga. We will then experience the practice, singing together for the rest of the evening.

About kirtan

Kirtan is a simple and powerful yoga practice that uses sound as the focus or support to facilitate a state of deep integration. In Indian systems of philosophy, sound is recognized as subtle and all-pervading, Western scientists recognized last century that essentially we are space, filled with vibration. Kirtan then offers a very fast and effective way to facilitate transformation, change our vibration and deepen our experience of yoga. Some participants describe kirtan like ‘bathing in sound’, refreshing and cleansing the system not just at the superficial level, but right into the core of our cells, literally raising our vibration.

The word kirtan comes from a Sanskrit root ‘kirt’ meaning to recite, to praise, to glorify. During kirtan we sing in call and response Sanskrit names of the divine, names full of positive energy corresponding to those divine, positive qualities which exist within us. As we sing and call these names, we cultivate those positive, transforming energies, calling forth and unveiling our own inner glory, the energy of our true selves.
Everyone welcome. Do not worry if you are not a virtuoso singer.
The joy of Kirtan is open to everyone!

About James Mysore, where he is now working towards an MA in Sanskrit, while also leading kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras attended by international students of many of Mysore’s renowned yogasana teachers.

To listen to recordings of talks, classes and kirtans James has been giving recently in the Northwest, go to the James Sharings page on http://www.paulmmillage.com

James is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which elucidate their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His powerful a capella kirtans invite participants to bathe in rich sound: cleansing, energising, and heightening awareness of the depth and glory of our inner selves.

James’ practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracaraya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the ‘ras’ or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism.

He has been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, James began studying Sanskrit. Since 2008, James has spent over half his time in