Earthday 2013

Climate Change: Impacts, discussions, We are a community of subjects
Climate Change: Impacts, discussions. Yogagaia, we are a community of subjects

Climate change • Earth Day Monday, April 22, 2013 12 – 2 p.m

Climate change has many faces. and they’re not only human faces. these faces of climate change are multiplying every day. Yogagaia – Hasita Agathe Nadai tells the story of the universe through movement and music.

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Explore the mystery of our true self.

Where are we coming from ? Explore the mystery of your true self.

Saturday – March 9th – 1:30 – 4:30 • South Presbyterian Church • 343 Broadway Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Where are we coming from ? Who are we ? Where are we going ? Through yoga, meditations, dance and celebrations, Yogagaia guides us to the awakening of our Evolutionary Journey.

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Yoga vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy

Yoga vacation in Sant'Antioco
Yoga Vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy • June 29 to July 8, 2012

A Yoga vacation in Sant’Antioco, Sardinia, Italy. An island off the island, from the earth of Sardinia. Read more

Una vacanza Yoga a Sant’Antioco, Sardegna, Italia

Vacanze Yoga - Yogagaia, Sardegna, Italy con Yogagaia
Vacanza Yoga a Sant’Antioco, Sardegna, Italia • Giugno 29 a Luglio 8, 2012
Un’isola nell’isola, nella terra di Sardegna.
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Hope and guidance for the well being of all, a Yogagaia journey

Hope and guidance
Hope and guidance for the well being of all at the zenith of summer we invite you to Metta Earth for a wonderful weekend retreat…

Hope and guidance for the well being of all, a Yogagaia Journey with Hasita Nadai, who brings zest, playfulness, and reconnection to the wild intelligence of the cosmos. With yoga, the story of the universe, and the beauty of the gardens, farm, and land of Metta Earth Institute, Hasita inspires hope and guidance for the well being of all. Read more

Welcome to Yogagaia, now a yoga blog !

Yoga blog
Yoga blog, Yogagaia is now a blog !

A yoga blog born out of a static website. An organic evolution mirroring it’s philosophy !

Teachings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme | Art Work: Yoko Shimizu
Mark Kelso the musician and Yoga teacher suggested the name Yogagaia
Conception: Agathe Nadai & Alex Beaulieu | realization: Alex Beaulieu
Yogagaia Copyright (c) 2000 Hasita Nadai

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Meditation, yoga and science

Some practice meditation since ever, some just started, some eventually will. Nonetheless, many want and many plan to start one day…and time passes by. Being that, pretty much all meditation adepts will notice they cannot do without it, it’s a life habit, a need, a benefit, an easy and unlimited reward. But still…what is meditation ?

It’s everything. It’s medecine for your mind, it’s taking care of your body, of your spirit and it’s…easy. It’s easy because you kind of do nothing but waiting until you meditate.
When do you know if you are in a meditation state ? Well, you just know it, mainly after. You know that you know it, because you want to do it back, anytime, almost anywhere.
And then if you try to put words on it, you get to tell yourself: Well, it’s…everything.
It seems like it’s just a matter of being alive to fit with meditation, it’s as intrinsic as eating, sleeping, moving, thinking. It becomes so necessary, you get to wonder if it’s not addictive.

White open lotus flower meditation

Redacted by Alex – Yogagaia contributor, co-creator of Yogagaia

Considering the positive aspects of mediation, it is not surprising to realize how the  practice can be well integrated in most culture, it is also intuitive and accessible to everyone. Culture being what it is, lots of us feel drawn to understand in a rational way. Lots of us think of meditaton as an abstract concept. It may seem like it when we try to understand it, it stops being so when you experience it. But hey, what better than science to rationalize things ? Although the quest should not aim at measuring the benefits in a  tangible way especially on a short period, lots of studies have been run about meditation and these are very interesting. As a result of this cultural aspect, those studies are and were held over the past decades and are demonstrating these benefits in a…tangible way !

Meditation as far as your health…

Meditation can improve your health by enhancing your immune and behavioral responses to psychosocial stress , by supporting modulation of pain.
Mindfulness training, compared to a well-matched control condition, is a better buffer of the effects of psychological stress on neurogenic inflammation.

Mediation can make you happier…

Praticed daily, it increases positive emotions, which, in turn, produced increases in a wide range of personal resources, improving life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms. At the same time, it helps decreasing ruminative thinking or depression and benefits was also demonstrated for mood and anxiety disorders.

It fuels our needs as far as the social animals that we are…

Although many will appreciate meditating in group, meditation is often exercised solitarily. One way or another, it improves our social connectedness, and our emotional intelligence. It contributes in feeling less lonely and it enhances compassion.

Increases self-control and has you look within…

By regulating our emotions, mediation helps calming the mind, it leads to a very important aspect: introspection. We often think about paying attention as the observation of things around us, but how about within ? Meditation is your tool for your inner mission, it’s the kind of habit which makes people feel happy even when stucked in traffic !

Mediation and your brain…

It’s weight lifting for the brain. Although much more could be demontrate as far as meditation making you smarter, as far on, all leads to think that it can. Meditation practice has been shown not only to benefit higher-order cognitive functions but also to alter brain activity.

Is doing nothing really worthy ?

Meditation could seem like it’s kind of doing nothing…it’s not very far from it ! So if meditating is doing nothing, there are lots of benefits to pull from doing nothing.
It improves your productivity by helping you focusing and enhancing your attention spam as mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention.

Mediation, stress and memory…

As meditation lowers levels of stress and improves memory for the tasks to be performed; it can also help switching tasks less often therfore remaining focused on tasks longer. Meditation practice promotes executive functioning and the ability to sustain attention by reducing fatigue, anxiety, and increasing mindfulness. For this reason, it significantly improves working memory, and executive functioning.

All things considered, meditation helps to clean up your house and getting somewhere. It’s a tune-up for the brain, it unes your consciousness. It increases your ability to exploit your talent and your creativity. We don’t have much control over dynamics surrounding ourselves as much as we have over those in ourselves.

Meditation through the teachings of Yogagaia…

Yogagaia is the practice of meditation, through yoga. It is the yoga of earth and Kosmic counsciousness. Meditation is everything symbolizes Yogagaia. Yogagaia has you step out of the box and realize the link between your inner selves and the ecology surrounding you, it reminds how deeply we are connected to the planet. Once we get a grip over this immensity, we therefore realize the meaning of: it’s everything.

Yogagaia invites you to connect to the earth by embracing different meditation sessions. Following the teaching of Yogagaia, you can connect to the earth, consciously.

The following meditations are proposed to you graciously and much more is provided through the teaching of Yogagaia.

MEDITATION • THE KOSMOS CREATES

I am the Kosmos, I am made of out of the stuff of the Universe, matter, mind and spirit. I began to manifest with trillions of particles out of emptiness: time and space manifested. The particles that sprang out expanded fast. A trillionth of a second faster and we would not be here..A trillionth of a second slower and we would not be here. Is it a coincidence that we are here? We are made out of the dust of the first stars…, I am made out of star dust…

by Hasita

 

 

MEDITATION • THE KOSMIC CURVATURE POSE, THE KOSMIC EMBRACE

Come to a comfortable seated position. Pronounce the curvature of the lower back. Inhale and open the arms to shoulder level. Exhale, round the arms and bring them in front of you. It is a wide embrace where the fingers do not meet. Inhale and open the arms… exhale, embrace…Continue opening and closing the Kosmic embrace. As Kosmos created time and space, the Kosmos curved. The Curvature is the Kosmic embrace. The opening of this curvature is where the Kosmos creates. The Kosmos evolves through care and play. The conscious care and play is the dance of Shiva, the dance of transformation

SUNSHINE OF AWARENESS

THICH NAHT HANH | Excerpts • The Sun My Heart

Meditation is a guide to inner peace. We can simply sit and bring a smile to our faces, and breath in and out slowly and deeply. Our thoughts and feelings flow like a river. If we try to stop the flow of a river, we will meet resistance of the water. Life is smoother when we flow with it.

Yogagaia-meditation
SUNSHINE

When the sun shines on a flower and leaves, it shows its shape and color and it is the natural manifestation of plants.

When the sun shines on a wave, the wave sparkles, it is the natural expression of the ocean.

When the sunshine of awareness shines on our river of perceptions feelings, and thoughts they are the natural expression of the self.

We cannot suppress them, because they exist!

The sun of awareness originates in the heart of self.
It enables the self to illuminate the self.
It lights not only all thoughts and feelings present.
It lights itself as well.
Elements of awareness are concentration and understanding, together they are both the intensity of awareness and the fruit of awareness.

THE PRACTICE

As you sit allow these phrases to flow with the in and out breath.

Breathing in, I calm my body 
Breathing out, my body is at peace.
Allow the sunshine of awareness to shine on the inner river of thoughts, perceptions and emotions.
At the end of this meditation:
Open the eyes and look at the blue sky and say:
“This is me too”…becoming aware of “inter-being”.

THE WONDER OF INTERBEING IS EMPTINESS:
It means to be full of everything, but empty of a separate existence.

Inspired by Thich Naht Hanh • The Sun, My Heart
REFLECTIONS ON MINDFULNESS, CONCENTRATION, AND INSIGHT
The Art of Living

Yoga journeys, pictures of Cheneil, Valley d’Aosta, Italian Alps

Take a look at pictures of Cheneil…

Yogagaia invites you to have a look at pictures of Cheneil taken during a few of our journeys. Cheneil (wikipedia/italian) is a locality belonging to the municipality of Valtournenche (Valle d’Aosta). It is a place of particular naturalistic beauty, landscapes of mountains, larches and broadleaves, located in the italian alps. There is the Sanctuary of Clavalité, from where you can enjoy  the stunningly beautiful view over the Matterhorn and the Grandes Murailles as well as over the adjoining peaks. These mountains have many stories to tell us about their origin and evolution through millions of years. They harbor many human dramas as well. One of these, the story of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, is a human drama with heroes and victims. Meet the inhabitants of Cheneil and get to know their lovely families, and all their pets, including horses. The homemade food is exquisite Northern Italian Cuisine. It is one of the few Valle d’Aosta villages not reachable by car.

For centuries, there was no real village here until the beginning of the 20th century, with the construction of two hotels. Finding itself along the trail that leads to the summit of the Grand Tournalin, Cheneil was crossed and remembered by the great names of mountaineering, like Edward Whymper.

Images worth thousands of words, pictures of Cheneil tell about how much of a magnificent environment it is for relaxing, meditating, hiking, practicing yoga and so much more. Over 200 kilometres of hiking trails, from those at high altitude to those for families or walkers who just want to stroll and relax, surrounded by countryside and silent woods, following well-signposted trails featuring breathtaking views, just a stone’s throw from Cervinia and Valtournenche town centres. The Cheneil valley (which can ‘only’ be reached on foot or with the help of a lift) offers tourists a timeless natural environment, characterised by the unspoilt countryside of this valley, featuring dense fragrant woodland and the scent of verjuice.

Gallery of pictures of Cheneil… 

The task of Yogagaia

The task of Yogagaia is to moving from from an anthropocentric to an ecocentric view of the world.THE TASK OF YOGAGAIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

The task of Yogagaia is to heal us from our cultural estrangement from Earth and its Life Community. For this reason, its aim is to guide us toward a new paradigm: moving from an anthropocentric view of the world toward an ecocentric view.

The naming of geologic eras marks irreversible planetary catastrophes that threw off the living balance of Earth, notably meteor impacts and the volcanism likely triggered by such impacts. As a result,  now is the first time that a single form of life of ours has acquired the power to inflict a catastrophe at a geologic scale and that is already affecting every part of the planet: ocean, atmosphere, soil, and life. As a matter of fact, no human community, and no ecosystem will be spared from such menacing effects, as this is truly a global phenomenon.

However, there is a choice, as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme affirm: If we humans continue passively along the course we are on, we will effectively have chosen to move into a Technozoic Era. Therefore we will rely exclusively on technological innovations to keep saving us from ruination caused by previous technological innovations. Or we can actively, spiritually, choose to move into an Ecozoic Era, in which humans will live in a sustainable and mutualistic relationship with the full community of life.

The Ecozoic Era (as named by Thomas Berry) begins when we start to experience the planet not as other but as me. It begins within each and every individual who lives with the full and heartful awareness that their actions, no matter how mundane, how minor, deeply affect the wellbeing of the planet, and that these actions ripple out into the very Kosmos.

The Ecozoic Era is birthed in those who know that nothing is separate, that we are all interdependent, that our skin is not a boundary but an interpenetration in space. The Ecozoic Era begins when the Yoga Teachings are integrated in our daily life, when body, mind and spirit are experienced as one with the Universe.

Given these points, absent support from the wider culture, none of us allured by the Ecozoic will be perfect in our actions. Until a cultural transformation ensues, none of us can fully live in harmony with the full community of life. With this in mind, it is important to always be mindful of our Divine Self.