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Hatha Yoga

The discipline of Hatha Yoga aims at the release of tensions and stress in the body through the physical approach of its postures called asanas. The distinctive method of classical Hatha is the way asanas are performed, slowly and mindfully. The mind is helped to create a "feel" for the body through the intuitive performance of the asanas. The body responds by becoming stronger and more flexible, releasing the resistance established by the lack of practice and old habits. A closer relationship is then created between body and mind, and one begins to perceive a fresh sense of well being. If the practice of this ancient knowledge is maintained with regularity, soon a new state of health will be experienced and enjoyed.
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History
Our teacher Faustomaria Dorelli





The young Swami Vishnu Devananda (Fausto's teacher) demonstrates the Scorpion pose
on the banks of the Ganga in front of Swami Sivananda (his teacher).





Mantra

Maha-Mrtyun-Jaya Mantra
The Great Victory over Mortality Mantra.
A prayer to invoke the release of the illusion of limitation (of death)

Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushti-vardhanam;
Urvarukam iva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Ma’mritat

Om Tree-um-bak-um Ya-jarm-a-hay
Soogan-dim Push-tiv-ar-dan-um
Oor-va-rook-am-eeva Band-an-an
Mrit-yor Mook-sheeya Maam-rit-at

Om. We honour Tryambakam, (literally "Three Eyed One" [Siva] symbolising a state of perfect knowledge of the three realms - body, mind, spirit). Our focus on this fragrant state of knowledge increasingly strengthens and nourishes us. Through it, may we be liberated from identification with the mortal body and its certain death, and from the illusion of all limitation, which is like death. May this happen as easily as the ripe cucumber is severed from the vine.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
Om Peace Peace Peace Om

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A Chant for Wholeness
May all beings be happy.

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om


Loka = world
Samasta = the whole (lit. together)
Sukhino = in transcendental happiness
Bhavantu = let there be
Shanti = peace (myself, surroundings & whole world, & all creatures/creation)

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Shanti Mantras

Asato ma Sat gamaya
Tamaso ma Jyotir gamaya
Mrytor ma Amritam gamaya


From the Unreal, lead me to the Real
From Darkness, lead me to the Light
From Death, lead me to Immortality

Om Poornam Adah Poornam Idam
Poornaat Poornam udachayate
Poornasya Poornam adaya
Poornam eva avashishyate


Om. That is Whole. This is Whole.
From the Whole, the Whole becomes manifest.
From the Whole when the Whole is negated,
what remains again is the Whole.

Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau bhunaktu
Saha Viryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvinaavadhitamastu
Maa Vidvishaavahai


Om. May That protect us both, teacher and pupil.
May That cause us to enjoy the bliss of liberation.
May we strive to find the true meaning of the scriptures.
May we never quarrel with each other.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
Om Peace Peace Peace Om



Inspiration

Keep walking though there's no place to get to.
Don't try to see through the distances.
That's not for human beings.
Move within,
But don't move the way fear makes you move.

Rumi


If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go north.
That does not mean that I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction.

Thich Nhat Hanh


As love increases in your mind, harmful forces do not affect you....
The best protection from one who is trying to harm you is to think

"This being wants happiness just as I do.
May this being attain happiness."

The Dalai Lama


Beauty is truth, truth beauty, -
that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.

John Keats


Zero
Is where the real fun starts.
There is too much counting
Everywhere else.

Hafiz


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves:
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God,
you're playing small does not serve the World.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking,
so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us: it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson


You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen; just wait.
You need not even wait;
Just become quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will offer itself to you to be unmasked.
It has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka



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