Weekly Homework

September 2017

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." ~ Buddha

New Years Practice: Release knots (Granthis) and the little pieces of coal we hold, move energy, free up space for the magic of new beginnings.
Read Article: The Granthis

Basically Jewish new year is "Rosh Hashanah" which means "Head of the Year". Yom Kippur is 10 days after Rosh Hashanah and this time in between is called the "days of awe". The reason for this is during this time it is custom to ask for forgiveness from others as well as forgive those who may have wronged us. Just as important is to forgive oneself. The power of this process is a letting go and a recognition that we can create change and move into a new year, shedding those things we wish to shed from the year past as well as welcome in and set intention for the year ahead.
Apples and honey are typically eaten to represent a sweet new year.

Happy Dollar
Fill your "dollar" with the hours of your life that make your life rich and beautiful; your true wealth. Place the happy dollar in your wallet to remind you, you are blessed and wealthy.
Please watch Dacher Keltner on the Vagus Nerve.
Pick 5 items from the list below and commit to them for 30 days. 32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve:
  1. Cold
  2. Singing or Chanting
  3. Yoga
  4. Meditation
  5. Positive Social Relationships
  6. Breath Deeply and Slowly
  7. Laughter
  8. Prayer
  9.

Come up with a plan for your 5 items. If you choose "laughter", we have a couple of ideas for you :)

Semester Books

More books...

August 2017 - 30 Day Meditation Challenge

July 2017

  • Read page 125-131 Mindlift 9 ways to catch the wind in your sail even the "merest puff".
  • How do you stand in your life? Physically, in connection to the earth, spiritually (emotionally)

June 2017

Please read the article about TRE or Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises: A Simple, Highly Effective Way To Release Stress And Muscle Tension With Neurogenic Tremors

Feb 2017

The Compass Metaphor – What is your True North?
shala compass

How are you navigating your precious life? Your life is an adventure, so you'll need a compass.
Our Shala geologist Jay explained that with the help of the compass, you will be able to locate yourself (and your current position). After that you can figure out where you're going, and how to get there. To locate yourself, you'll need to find the True North. It's the same in life. If you feel lost, or not sure where you need to go next, stop and find your True North. Your inner wisdom is your inner compass.

True North Meditation
Please get your journal out. On a new page write your name, then write the answers to the following questions:
  1. What is your True North? (What really matters to you?)
  2. How do you locate yourself when in the valleys of life?

October 2016

Begonia - The art, beauty, and miracle of life
Begonia - The art, beauty, and miracle of life
Begonia - The art, beauty, and miracle of life
"The art, beauty and miracle of life, and light running through the veins of the leaf.
Water, give it light and love - it will thrive and grow. The begonia reminds us of our beauty, the life force that runs through our veins into the edges of our being.
Our practice gives us water and just the right amount of sunlight to grow and expand into our full beauty!" ~ Diana

May - December 2016

Please read our semester book "The Heart of Yoga" by T. K. V. Desikachar.

May 16-21 2016

Please read Introduction from our semester book "The Heart of Yoga" by T. K. V. Desikachar.

Rediscover and reconnect to Ashtanga Opening Invocation making it personal to you. "What do you invoke?"

You can listen to the Invocation at the beginning of Pacific Ashtanga Puja Dedication video.

boys and butterfly

April - May 2016

Look out for monarch caterpillars and butterflies. They are the messengers to remind everyone of their own transformation, and that they are the most amazing miracles!!!

To see pictures shared by our students please visit Caterpillars and Butterflies page.

Please get your copy of Monarch Butterfly's Life Cycle letter, lovingly printed by Merry, at the Shala. To learn more and to help to save the monarchs please visit www.saveourmonarchs.org

April 3-9 2016

Write a sequel to Walt Whitman's MIRACLES.
Start with his last line from the poem "What stranger miracles are there?"

You can also share a picture of the spring flowers blooming near your homes or on the hikes... or any other miracle that comes into your life.

Please share your poems and pictures by emailing diana@pacificashtanga.com.

To read Diana's Sequel - Miracles II, and see a collection of our students' poems and pictures please visit Miracles page.