Pranava Yoga Center is built on a foundation of the ancient and traditional practices of Patanjali's eight-limbed path of yoga. At Pranava, there is a focus on cultivating deep awareness and connection in the body, mind, and spirit. While the instructors hold the traditions close and believe in living a yogic lifestyle, we can also be a little rebellious at times. We are fun and light-hearted, but also disciplined, professional, dedicated, passionate, compassionate, inspirational, and hardworking. We firmly believe that a higher state of well-being can be attained through a steady yoga practice. Pranava Yoga Center instructors are passionate about extending the teachings of yoga and are ourselves dedicated practitioners and students of yoga for life. We take our yoga practice off the mat and into our daily lives. We encourage students to see the world from another perspective. We have the ability to help students grow in their yoga practice, and we motivate students to find their own inspiration from within.
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Thanks to your generous donations from the past quarter through the Sunday 8am donation class, we donated $500 to Inside/Out Youth Services! In 2019, we raised a total of $2,500, benefitting The Moore Family, Peaceful Warriors, Paw It Forward, and Inside/Out Youth Services. Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts!
From January through April, we'll be supporting DayBreak - An Adult Day Program through our Sunday 8am donation class.
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Topic Chosen and Article Written by Ada K.
Image: Vairocana (cropped), a painting by Ada Katherine
Patience… The Angel Comes
by Ada Katherine
We’ve all undoubtedly heard, “patience is a virtue”—as in a quality one should strive for or attempt to embody to be more holy, saintly, pious… Yet, one of the definitions of ‘virtue’ is “effective force; power or potency.” Patience as a force? A potent power? But it’s so passive! Isn’t it?
When we think of patience as an effective force to embody—a potency of character, a power to cultivate—it is by no means passive. Patience is a strength to build, an endurance to persevere, a diligence to maintain. Patience is a constant action of faith, care, and trust: faith that goodness will endure, care for oneself and others, and trust that all unfolds as it should in opportune time.
In Yoga, we talk a lot about Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yogic Philosophy, the first of which is Yama, translating to “bridle.” According to Aadil Palkhivala, “Patanjali used [Yama] to describe a restraint that we willingly and joyfully place on ourselves to focus our efforts, the way a [bridle] allows a rider to guide his horse.” Patience, therefore, can be seen as an embodiment of this concept of Yama—“a restraint that we willingly and joyfully place on ourselves to focus our efforts”—a means of controlling and guiding our power toward our destination, our goals, and ultimately our highest potential.
Exercising patience with willingness and joy does not spare us from feeling discouraged or restless. Just like exercising our bodies and minds, we are inevitably faced with challenges or weaknesses to overcome as we continue to release unnecessary weight, strengthen our abilities, and heighten our senses. Exercising patience allows for us to be present in each moment, so we can have the awareness to be grateful for the lessons we are learning, without getting distracted with what has been or what is yet to be. When we actively bridle our restlessness with patience, we can more effectively guide ourselves closer to our divine potential within.
Just as a sculptor patiently chips into the hardness of stone in an effort to reveal the softness of flesh, so too are you a work of art in progress that cannot be rushed. You are a process, a grand undertaking of skill and craftsmanship, carved by none other than yourself, the artist. Though you may be overcome with excitement to free the angel you see encased within the marble slab, carry on in patience—knowing the angel will be freed when it is ready and the world will marvel with you in ethereal beauty.
So yes, patience is a virtue. It is a great force to be used to effectively achieve your most potent power of potential. After all, attaining that which is easy is not often worthwhile… while attaining that which is worthwhile is not often easy.
Power on, patient souls! And may you bring yourself ever closer to that opportune moment of freeing the angel within.
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“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.”
~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton