Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is a Yoga School dedicated to student growth, inspiration and health. In addition to our full schedule of yoga classes the Shala offers teachings on yoga asana (postures), breath practice, mediation and philosophy. Read more...
Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is part a beautiful linage of yoga from Mysore India. The Ashtanga Yoga system synchronizes breath and movement and in a progressive series of postures. The practice is holistic in keeping the body, mind and spirit vibrant and healthy.
Oh, Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear in the winds
and whose breath gives life to all the world,
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty
and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears grow sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
You have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than brother or sister,
but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready
to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes,
so when my life fades, as the fading sunset,
My Spirit may come to you without shame.
Great Spirit of love, come to me with the power of the North.
Make me courageous when the cold winds of life fall upon me.
Give me strength and endurance for everything
that is harsh, everything that hurts,
everything that makes me squint.
Make me move through life ready to take what comes from the North.
Spirit who comes out of the East,
come to me with the power of the rising sun.
Let there be light in my word.
Let there be light on the path that I walk.
Let me remember always that you give the gift of a new day.
Never let me be burdened with sorrow by not starting over.
Great Spirit of creation,
send me the warm and soothing winds from the South.
Comfort me and caress me when I am tired and cold.
Enfold me as your gentle breezes enfold your leaves on the trees.
And as you give to all the Earth your warm, moving wind,
Give to me so that I may grow close to you in warmth.
Great life-giving Spirit,
I face the West,
the direction of the Sundown.
Let me remember every day that the moment will come
when my sun will go down.
Never let me forget that I must fade into you.
Give me beautiful color.
Give me a great sky for setting,
and when it is time to meet you,
May I come with glory.
And Giver of all life, I pray to you from the Earth,
help me to remember as I touch the Earth
that I am little and need your pity.
Help me to be thankful for the gift of the Earth
and never to walk hurtfully on the world.
Bless to love what comes from mother Earth
and teach me how to love your gifts.
Great Spirit of the heavens,
lift me up to you
that my heart may worship you
and come to you in glory.
Hold in my memory that you are my Creator,
greater than I,
eager for my good life.
Let everything that is in the world
lift my mind,
and my heart,
and my life to you
so that we may come always to you
with truth in heart.
Look out for monarch caterpillars and butterflies. They are the messenger to remind everyone of their own transformation, and that they are the most amazing miracles!!!
Adopt a caterpillar - buy milkweed plant. You can get it just down from the Shala at Dana Point Nursery.
"The yogi's life is not measured by the number of his days but by the number of his breaths." ~ BKS Iyengar
May you take your practice off your mat and breath deep into all the precious moments of your life. ~ Diana
See some of Phillips work next time you are at John Wayne (March 16, 2016 through April 13, 2016) or visit www.nardulli.com.
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Yoga and meditation are two of the most powerful ways to keep ourselves healthy, vibrant and happy.
Please visit our Pacific Ashtanga YouTube channel for our weekly 10 minute movement and mediation video.
As most of you know, our community at the Shala is now part of a non-profit charitable organization - The Merit Field Foundation. This is an exciting collaboration with our dear friend and Tibetan Monk, Chusang Rinpoche and his community of Buddhist monks in Nepal and India. It is our dream to create an outreach program that takes the simple teachings of yoga and Buddhist meditation to our communities where people can have a short daily practice to create more peace and happiness in their lives. Without any religious affiliation we hope to create a simple practice of breath, movement and seated meditation and extend it beyond our Shala doors to our friends, families and the larger community.
I invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel, watch our video and send the link to people you know that do not currently have a practice but may be interested in meditation or would be willing to try something new that might help bring more peace into their lives.
Please join me this year in taking the beautiful teachings and practice we share past the doors of our Shala in Dana Point and into the wider community.
Thank you for being part of our outreach and adventure.Love - Diana