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Yoga West blog has moved!

June 17, 2008

Sat Nam Everyone!

Yoga West blog has moved to a new site! (that is http://blog.yogawest.ca) For the Yogeeks out there, you know that this will give us more control over the look and feel of the site, and make the SEO (search engine optimization) easier and more logical if our blog is attached to our site!

For all the rest of you – the site will be pretty much exactly the same, we have taken all the old posts with us, so you can still take trips down memory lane every so often.

Remember to delete any old rss feeds you have, and replace them with the new ones – just click the rss feed for posts and comments at the bottom of the sidebar.

See you all there!

Siri Om Kaur

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the transformation of a yogi

June 13, 2008

With the warmth of the sun coaxing me into a state of bliss amongst the conifers and evergreens, I heard a quiet whisper, “it’s okay.”

Eight months prior to this moment I was losing my mind; completely freaking out. “Who would do something so cruel as to drop me here on this twisted planet, naked, starving and seemingly helpless?” Woa was me. I had tried many avenues to navigate this earthly realm and each built up momentum that would quickly dissipate – I was frustrated with this incarnation to the point of exhaustion. There I sat with the ponderosa pines, cursing the stars and singing their praises all in one breath I heard “if you build it, they will come.” Okay, not really, but I did hear guidance to trust the universe and allow my path to unfold in divine order. In that moment I completely surrendered and a few weeks later found myself in a sea of white turbans.

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Reflecting on anger

June 11, 2008

I’ve come to the conclusion after reflecting on Tarn Taran Singh’s workshop, “Transforming Anger into Forgiveness”, that sometimes people, including myself, hurt others as a cry for help. I realized that most people who have caused me anger in my life didn’t do it to cause me pain, but because they needed help in their own lives. When I think of past actions that caused me pain I remember a person who discriminated against me for my dark brown hair and my tanned skin. She hurt me so much with the way she acted that I didn’t see that she was in pain. I was so blinded from taking her discrimination personally, that days later, when I saw her crying, I still didn’t get that she needed help. Read the rest of this entry »

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Camp Raj Yog Fundraiser – Success!

June 4, 2008

What I love most about 3ho events is the way we get things done. A big part of this effectiveness is seva. The fundraiser last night for Camp Raj Yog was no exception, run for the most part by the humility and grace of sevadars From this perspective, I could see and feel the sevadars not only taking care of the event, but taking care of each other. There were sevadars serving fellow sevadars food, bringing water and giving shoulder massages. This depth of service made my cup overflow which allowed me to do my job better. (A big thanks to everyone for helping out! Also, a big hand for Sarbjeet Kaur for organizing us!)

Coming together and merging as one sangat was new for the Kitsilano and Surrey sangats. This was the first time we were uniting our energies for a single cause that does and will continue to benefit us all. We began by meditating together and eating some appies and then enjoying the voices that represent our community, Baltej, Guru Raj Kaur and Hari Singh as they guided us through the history and future we are creating as a community. The dreams for the land that they shared were so inspiring, how could everyone not give a little! Read the rest of this entry »

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Hilary Sullivan

May 23, 2008

Dearest Sangat,

The Sullivan Family has brought us news that the remains of Hilary Sullivan were found yesterday in Pacific Spirit Park.  The Sullivan’s would like to express how much they appreciate all of the love, support, prayers and seva the sangat has offered to them over the past days.

In light of this news, please support the family by directing any thoughts, love and prayers towards the blog that has been set up in memory of Hilary.

If you wish to continue your seva, kindly take down the posters you put up. If you have any questions about this seva contact Dyal Singh at 604.773.6315.

In memory of Hilary, the sangat will be gathering in the Gurdwara of Raj Yog Nivas tonight, for chanting and meditating, from 7-8pm. Everyone is welcome.

Infinite Blessings,

Yoga West
Raj Yog Nivas

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How to serve Hilary’s Family

May 18, 2008

Sat Nam and blessings,

It has been 7 days since the disappearance of Hilary Sullivan.

Many are wondering how they can be of service during such a difficult time.

  1. As time is of the essence, we welcome you to come to Yoga West and sign up for postering areas. There are many posters here at the front desk, and many areas to cover.
  2. Pray and meditate on the safe return of Hilary. We have a strong sangat and this is one of the most powerful gifts we can give

Everything else is being covered at this point. We will keep you updated to any changes. Thank you very much everyone for your seva, your prayers and your love. The Sullivans deeply appreciated the kindness and love of the community.

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Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Finished for this Year!

May 18, 2008

Today is Sunday, May 18 and our new teachers have finished their practicums, their exams, their meditations and their 8 months of consciousness-evolving training.  They are taking one last look around the land – beautiful Camp Raj Yog – tossing their bedrolls into trunks, shutting car doors and heading to the ferry.  The last steps are the exit interviews with Guru Raj Kaur, and the final papers to be submitted to Kundalini Research Institute.

I remember my teacher training weekend (which happened to be the only other sunny weekend retreat in recent Yoga West history!).  Do you remember yours?  What journeys did your training and love for the path take you on?

For those who are looking out over the shores of the Sunshine Coast, what do you expect to come from the consciousness you have gained?  How has your experience been so far?

I invite all of the teachers and new recruits (once you have showered of course) to submit a post for the blog so that we can revel in the memories and the beauty of this path of teachers.  My email is ywcommunications (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’m looking forward to hearing your voices!

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