♥ Stop The Story ♥ Be Grateful ♥ by Gurmukh

Dear Yogis,

Declare December a time of change.

Discipline your mind, stop the story and be grateful

Make December a GREAT December.  Help other people.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Watch the wonderful December message from Gurmukh.


12-02-10 Stop the Story Be Grateful from Gurmukh Khalsa on Vimeo.

Happy Holidays!

Om Shanti

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New Year Retreat


Come join us in an environment of peace, beauty, reflection, acceptance, joy and fun.

Journaling, guided and process meditation, yoga, breathwork, and self-reflection will be available in a relaxed format to experience your desired outcome.

The retreat will be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Retreat Center at St. Joseph’s Abbey outside of Covington, LA.  This wonderful retreat begins with registration at 9:00am on Thursday, December 30, 2010 and concludes on Saturday, January 1, 2010 around 3:00pm.  An all inclusive price of $385.00 non-refundable must be paid in full by December 17, 2010. After December 10th, please call to inquire about availability. All sessions, meals, private room and bath are included.  Enrollment is limited.

For more information on St. Joseph’s Abbey please click here.

Paulette Lucas and Jack Anthony Fontana are the facilitators.

For more information and registration call:

Paulette at 320-203-7928

* All major credit cards accepted

Make checks payable to:

Jack Fontana

PO Box 7218

Metairie, LA 70010


Paulette Lucas

1051 29th Ave N

St Cloud, MN 56303

Hope you can make it.


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Shanti Yoga Shala housed by The Yoga Room

– Thank You So Much for the Wonderful Yogis who came to class tonight – What a lovely group and beautiful class ….  inaugurating our new yoga space. Om Shanti

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November Workshop with Senior Teacher Tim Miller

Yoga Workshop with Senior Teacher Tim Miller  Nov. 12-14

TIM MILLER has been studying and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over thirty years and was the first American certified to teach by Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Tim has a thorough knowledge of this ancient system, which he imparts in a dynamic, yet compassionate and playful manner. “My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done consistently and accurately, is the real teacher.”

This is a special opportunity to practice with an established master of Ashtanga Yoga.  Read more about Tim here.

The workshop is open to to all yoga practitioners.

Friday 11/12  $50
6:00 – 8:30 pm A discussion of the Yoga Sutras focusing on the first chapter followed by a light practice that demonstrates the fundament

als of Ashtanga yoga.   The evening will establish a relationship between yoga philosophy as presented in the Yoga Sutras and the practical methodology of the Ashtanga System.

Saturday 11/13  $50
9:00 – 11:30 am An introduction to the prerequisites for a successful sadhana as presented by Patanjali in chapter two followed by a Led class.

Saturday 11/13  $60
1:00 – 4:00 pm ”Asana Doctor” — an opportunity for people to ask questions about practice pertaining to particular asanas, injuries, adaptations, yoga mythology, and philosophy.

Sunday 11/14  $50
9:00 – 11:30 am An introduction to Second Series and an introduction to Pranayama.

Full Workshop $210

Number of participants is limited!

Please Register here at the Ashtanga Yoga Room

For more information please contact Melanie Fawer at  melaniefawer@yahoo.com

Registration offline:
Mail your check to:
The Yoga Room
4905 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115


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Teacher Training – Los Angeles, California

Nathalie will be the teacher assistant for Annie Carpenter’s Teacher Training in 2011

“As the rivers flowing east and west merge in the sea and become one with it, forgetting they were ever separate rivers, so do all creatures lose their separateness when they merge at last into pure being.” -Chandogya Upanishad

SmartFLOW yoga celebrates the innate intelligence of juicy, flowing movement! This 200 hour Teacher Training offers you a strong foundation, yet remains in-depth with its emphasis on methodology not rote learning.

You will learn an evolved system of inquiry, awakening your practice and setting the stage for inspired and creative teaching. Asana, pranayama and meditation are our tools for transformation, rooted in the great traditions of yoga. A functional approach to anatomy informs your understanding of the essential movement principles; these principles are the ground for intelligent instructions and inventive sequencing. Movement principles are embedded in philosophical insight that drives the sequencing of the practice from within.

This training is for anyone who wants to take their practice to a new level: teachers, future teachers, and lovers of yoga.

First Section: ABHYASA – The Path of the Sadhana—Do your practice!
JAN 9-19th
This first section establishes you in the roots and rituals of Yoga. Abhyasa means practice, or the effort towards aligning and re-aligning one’s attention to the present moment. We will employ the yogic practices of asana, pranayama (breathwork), chanting, and various methods of meditation as our elemental practice. You will gain a profound understanding of the foundational asanas as alignment tools for safe physical practice, and for yoking the mind to this moment. Asanas are presented as elemental, sustaining, deepening and as a means to return to center to illuminate the path of creative sequencing. In addition we will consider various ethical observances to inform and sustain our choices on our mats, with our students, and in daily life.

ABHYASA includes:
*asana practice engaging body, mind and spirit
*the deconstruction of asana into primary movement principles for clarity of alignment and sequencing
*Functional Anatomy and Physiology: presented in short segments to support the movement and breath principles with relevance and meaning.
*movement inquiries for evolving a keen and subtle awareness of Proprioception that you can awaken in your students
*History and Philosophical concepts of classical Yoga
*essential Pranayama practices to refine attention and shift vital energy
*Dharana: multiple paths to focus your mind for contemplation
*Basic Sanskrit pronunciation for key concepts
*Yama and Niyama: learning and living the yogic ethical observances, on and of the mat

Second Section: VAIRAGYA – The Path of Radical Acceptance—All is coming!
JUL 5- 15thth

Vairagya is the ability to accept everything that arises with evenness and equanimity. It is the basis for the cultivation of community and the essence of every teacher who wishes to inspire her students. Vairagya reveals and celebrates the present moment in all its unpredictabilty and originality. As we delve deeper into the practices, we encounter everything on the spiritual path: strength and flexibility as well as weakness and pain; we find the greatest joy as well as fear and doubt. As spiritual aspirants and guides we gather and balance our energies and intentions to become the light embodied, beacons on this path.

VAIRAGYA includes:

* Advanced Asana: bringing multiple movement principles together in a playful, balanced way
*Creative sequencing that encourages you to find your voice and vary your focus and themes
*pranayama, guided meditation and philosophical themes as integral, inseparable elements of the practice
*yoga for longevity: learn modifications for injury prevention and rehabilitation
*Cultivating clear languaging with its basis in structural awareness and thematic development
*Subtle Body Anatomy principles and Chakra balancing
*Hands-on adjustments that educate your students
*Teacher student relationships: inspire without enmeshing
*cultivating your life-long home practice: tools for deepening awareness and developing source material for teaching

200 RYT – Yoga Alliance Certification

•This course is approved by the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. This 100 hour course is the foundation for Annie 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification Curriculum

About Annie Carpenter:
Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie teaches all levels of asana classes, mentors young teachers, leads workshops and retreats as well as Teacher Trainings. Annie has a playful spirit and encourages a balance between working hard, and a light, joyful exploration into one’s own practice, into the awareness of one’s true nature.

“Although our culture tends to shrink yoga to mean only the physical, asana element I believe that yoga truly is a shamanic path, capable of leading us through transformation on all levels. Yoga reminds us what is real, and thus who we are — the light radiating from within.”

If you are interested in joining this yoga training please contact Exhale Center for Sacred Movement for more information and for pricing.

Space in this training is limited.

Hope you can join! :)

Exhale Center for Sacred Movement Contact:

Phone: 310-450-7676

To Register for this Training Email: register@exhalespa.com

Website: annie@anniecarpenter.com

* Students coming from out of town – Nathalie can provide you a list of local hotels,   hostels and small fully equipped condos – all near by Exhale in Venice Beach, CA. Please contact Nathalie for more info on lodging.


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