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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
COMMUNITY, CONNECTION AND NATURAL LIVING
LOS ANGELES, VIETNAM, ASIA
The LA center has been in operation for more than 50 years since the 1970s. In 2019, we moved the center to a new location. The center is now in a beautiful, historical building in the West Adams neighborhood. We have daily satsangs, yoga classes, workshops, and courses. Please come by for a visit.
Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training (online & onsite)
Oct. 17 – Nov. 14, 2021
Mar. 5 – Apr. 3, 2022
May. 14 – Jun. 12, 2022
Health is Wealth
Peace of Mind is Happiness
Yoga Shows the Way
Check out our Blog
LEARN, INSPIRE, TRANSFORM
Our Sivananda Yoga Farm Blog has numerous articles, videos, and talks given by our senior teachers over the years.
The topic of today is an important topic, a philosophical topic. It is the topic of detachment. Those who study Vedanta in the TTC, you know that it is part of the practice of Vedanta to learn to detach so that your mind and heart are not so involved in everything that is temporary. You remain yourself.
Karma is action and consequence of action. It Implies that we are born as consequence of past action and thought. Action comes also in terms of thoughts. This life has a cause and what we do in this life will have a consequence in the future. So, we have to see the big picture to understand your life at the present. There is a reason for certain things to happen that way, and there is a way you can then get out of it, alleviating it.
Love is selfless and unconditional. Conditional love is selfish and emotional. Emotions need to be purified to become pure love. Emotions come from our lower mind and our subconscious mind which carries impressions of the past. Yoga teaches us to purify the usual, habitual, tainted love, in other words, our lower mind and to activate our higher mind.
You need to understand why we meditate, then you can practice meditation for a long time and more seriously. The reason why we meditate, or we do yoga, is because in classical yoga, and yoga means meditation – meditation means yoga, there’s no separate thing. People think yoga means we’re doing some exercise and going to meditation is Zen meditation, or vipassana meditation or something separate. However, In the ashram, everything we do is included in the word meditation, and everything is preparation for meditation. Everything is meditation, everything is preparing you for meditation.
The guru tradition is very old, before the time of Adi Shankaracharya (eighth century). Adi Shankaracharya himself was enlightened. When he was just six years old, he knew all the Vedas. When he was only nine years old, Adi Shankaracharya received permission from his mother to take sannyasa, the renunciation phase of life.
We are used to seeking outside for pleasures and happiness that are in the sensual world and that are temporary. If something does not happen the way we want, we are disappointed; we blame something or somebody. The reason for our disappointment is always external to us, in the external world.