Posts Tagged ‘seva’

Have a four “S” Saturday!

In Living a Life Off-Center on January 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

I learned something new-yes in the New Year. I attended a group meditation with the Art of Living Philippines group and they imparted some enlightening advice when it was time to leave. This was to practice the four (4) S’s (I have no idea how to spell that). These S-starting words were simply:

Seva-which means “selfless” service. This is doing something for someone else with no expectation of reward or compensation. This is not necessarily a monetary donation (although that is always helpful) but rather an activity that is for the betterment of someone’s life or even the overall enviroment. When I attended a silent yoga retreat several months ago, our seva consisted of us taking up brooms and dustpans and sweeping and gathering of  fallen leaves, twigs, and even dirt from the surrounding areas. This was to help clear the way for passersby and to help in the cleanliness and tidiness of our retreat space. The next day our seva found us planting seeds and helping some farmers harvest fruit and vegetables that they had planted. It was hard work, especially since we were not used to it, but it certainly was akin to an active meditation.

Reap the rewards of selfless service with seva

Seva work can also mean volunteering at a youth center, an orphanage, NGO, helping to feed at a soup kitchen, or, the simplest, helping out at home. Give your helpers for example a break and actually clean out your room, your bathroom or even your car, inside and out.

Company of truth (and a lot of fun) with satsang

The next S we were encouraged to practice was Satsang which means truth (sat) and company (sang). It was explained to us that satsang consists of having a group activity wherein you can all speak or share your truths. This could be a small gathering of like-minded friends and peers. This gives one a chance to be enhance and raise his or her vibrations especially if the goal is common in the group. A book club for example, will read and discuss a book that they all enjoy and give their insights-this is a form of Satsang in my opinion although I have participated more in Satsangs after a meditation wherein we talk about our experiences during the meditation and see if there are any messages for the individual or for the group in general. I have also experiences satsangs that had singing and dancing, quite fun! And people really got into the joyful spirit of letting their hair down and chanting at the top of their lungs and getting into free movement.

The third S was one that I felt I’d have the most difficulty with, Sadhana or spiritual practice. To commit oneself to a regular, spritiual practice, be it prayer, meditation, going to temple, anything that would enhance the connection to the Divine was greatly encouraged by our teachers. A sacred time and space should be set aside everyday (if possible) or even three times a week. It was more the consistencyof the practice that was stressed. Meditation daily of 5-10 minutes or a devotion of 30 mins every week etc was not specified, it was more that it had to be committed to and followed through. Why? Because in honoring this sacred appointment you were paying homage to not only your creator, but to yourself. In doing regular sadhana you raise your vibrations and attract more abundance in your life. Setting your intention for more love, better health or even financial wellness is further encouraged as you start your meditation, prayer or even reflection. Imagine all the riches of the universe now being allowed to get to you because you’ve allowed yourself to be open to receive so much more!

Create your own sacred space for sadhana

And the last S? Was to simply SMILE! This is an instant upper, if someone smiles at you, smile back even if you’re don’t really feel like that. Your mood will instantly shift and you never know you can always make someone’s day simply by smiling at them. Even your own energy changes when you’re met with a smile as opposed to a sc0wl. If you’ve read or watched Eat, Pray, Love (the book was waaaay better) you may recall the lead character being advised to do a “smiling meditation” to sit in silence and imagine every cell of her body, every organ, every part she could feel just smile. Almost like your entire body is covered in smileys. This is a simple tool that can be done anytime and anywhere, a smile is universal. Turn those corners of your mouth up and to quote  Broadway’s most famous orphan, “Smile darn ya, smile!” Happy,  happy Saturday everyone! May the four S’s bring you benevolent outcomes. 🙂

Smiley kat, smiley kat 😀

*all images taken from the various sites on the Internet, many thanks to those who shared!

EchoYoga Classes and Workshops to look forward to

In Living a Life Off-Center on April 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

Since I’m still very much on my yoga “high” I’d like to share the schedule of EchoYoga for April. Take special notice that there are also healing type workshops available in May and June. I’ve taken the past life regression workshop myself but other ones may resonate with you. Feel free to pass on.

Workshops and Classes

AT THE ECHOYOGA COMMUNITY CENTER, Penthouse, Century Plaza, 120 Perea Street, Makati City, Metro Manila
Email: /  mobile: 0906-5063958 /

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  • Gentle Flow
    A beginner flow class where poses flow from one to another in conjunction with the breath. 

    Mondays and Wednedays 6:30-8pm
  • Yoga for Big People / Restorative Yoga
    Classes are focused on breath and gentle stretches that allow healing and restoration of balance of the Mind and Body. Bolsters and blocks are used to help in the relaxation, stretch and lengthening. This class is perfect for the absolute Beginner, Golden Seniors, the Highly-Stressed and those who are Injured. The evening Restorative Class is shared with Yoga for Big People where specific postures are adjusted for those with the bountiful blessing of weight. 

    Thursdays 5-6:30pm
  • Vinyasa Flow
    The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic system of linking the breath (prana) to the postures (asanas). The vinyasa based practice is designed to build strength and flexibility from rhythmic exploration of movement. 

    Saturday mornings 10:30-12 noon
  • Led Ashtanga
    A teacher-lead practice where students are instructed in the order of the poses from the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. 

    Tuesday nights 6:30-8pm / Fridays, 6:30pm
  • Yoga for Life: Therapy for the Immune System
    This first every community-based yoga class series is specially designed for the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS, and for others who support them and want to experience the beauty of yoga.  It offers a variety of postures, breathing practices and guided meditations that are directed towards alleviating the fear and stress associated with HIV and AIDS. Yoga quiets the mind, improves breathing and circulation, strengthens the immune system, among other physiological and psychological benefits.  Regular yoga practice can be an important complementary therapy to a comprehensive HIV treatment program.

    Charmaine – •  Paulo –

  • Mysore
    Mysore is the traditional way Ashtanga Vinyasa is taught where students progress at their own pace following the sequence and guided by a teacher 

    Saturdays, 8-10am

* Please reserve a slot before the workshop

  • Beginner Grounding Workshop (Four Sessions) / Teachers: Marilen Elizalde and Myla Maru
    This basic workshop is designed for absolute beginners with the objective of grounding the students in the basics and principles of yoga. It is highly recommended that students attend all four sessions as each session builds on the previous session. 

    Morning series: Four Tuesdays of April 10am-12nn/ April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10am
    Evening series: Four Thursdays of May 6:30-8:30pm/ May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10am
    Fee: Php 3,500
  • Yoga Therapy For Depression (for the fund-raising benefit of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation)
    A two-session workshop focused on giving a sequence of therapeutic yoga poses to help combat various levels of depression. Sessions may include energy healing with Reiki healers who will teach and demonstrate the flow of Universal Energy and work to raise and balance the participant’s energies. 

    May 7 and 14,  Saturdays, 4-6pm / Fee Php 2,000 for two sessions
  • Yoga Therapy For Athletes (for Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation) Teacher: Sen Sanchez
    This workshop will offer a series of therapeutic yoga sequences for athletes, trainers, physical therapists.  The workshop will address sore muscles, hip pain, knee injuries, low back strain, and ankle sprains. By loosening up tight muscles, yoga helps improve total body mobility and flexibility, giving a greater range of motion and improving performance. 

    May 21, Saturday 4-6pm  and June 9, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm  / Fee: Php 1,000
  • Past Life Regression (One-off Session) / Facilitator: Jeannie Javelosa
    A group session that opens the subconscious to visualization of possible past life connections. Includes meditation, facilitation for regression into subconscious and soul work; and group discussion. Please bring a notebook and ballpen. Limited slots only. 

    June 25, Saturday 4-6pm / Fee: Php 1000
  • Moving Into Meditation / Facilitator: Jeannie Javelosa
    No one can teach anyone meditation. It just happens. This session includes a seating sequence, lecture on basic guidelines for the meditation practice and a discussion on challenges of the practice. 

    April 28, Thursday at 6:30-8pm & June 30, Thursday at 6:30-8pm / Fee:  Php 700 or two class cards slots
  • Introduction  To Ayurveda / In partnership with the Arogya Ayurveda Center
    Teacher: Patrick Eyquem, of the Maharishi MaheshYogi vedic sciences lineage
    Ayurveda (in sanskrit means “the complete knowledge for long life” or “the science of life”) or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.  The original science of health is as old as the human race. The written records (of the Veda and Vedic literature) of the complete system of natural health care is about 5,000 years old. Evolving throughout its history, Ayurveda remains an influential system of medicine in South Asia. Ayurveda has been restored for its full practical value and range of application by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , working with eminent Ayurveda physicians. Lessons build on the past ones, so participants are requested to try to complete all four sessions during this quarter. 

    April 9 (Session 1) and April 16 (Session 2) / Saturdays at 4-6pm
    June 4 (Session 1) and June 11 (Session 2)  / Saturdays 4-6pm
    June 16 (Session 3) and June 23 (Session 4) / Thursday nights 6:30-8:30pm
    Session 1 – Origin and the 8 branches of Ayurveda, the three doshas
    Session 2 – The food, the eater, the diet. Influence of food on doshas
    Session 3 – Panchakarma and basic home Ayurvedic pharmacy
    Session 4- General discussion includes rules for preparing and taking food and ayurvedic recipes
    Fee: Php 500 or one class card slot per lecture session.
  • Awakening A Conscious Heart
    Teacher: Tara Khandro
    This seminar invites you to remember, re-member and return to the felt-sense experience of oneness with yourself, Mama Gaia and All that IS. Please bring a notebook, pen , water and an object that represents your heart.  Dress and ready yourself for movement, chanting, alchemical practices, shamanic journeying, meditation, release, activations, and play. Tara Khandro is a natural born mystic, healer and clairvoyant. Tara developed Alchemy of Wonder™, an integrative consciousness healing modality for violent trauma survivors.  She has given this work in United Nations conferences, drug treatment and crises centers, universities and colleges, interfaith conferences, with genocide survivors, anger management programs, in natural disaster zones and in human development centers such as the Omega Institute in New York. 

    April 14, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm  & May 28, Saturday 4-6pm / Fee: Php 1,000 or two class card slots
  • Deep Into Yin Yoga
    Teacher: Donna Tumacder-Esteban
    Yin Yoga is a calming and relaxing practice where participants yield to each pose, held for 3-5 minutes with relaxed muscles, allowing time and gravity to get deeper to the fullness of each pose. The target  are the deep connective tissues between muscular layers and those surrounding the joints. Yin Yoga complements and balances dynamic practices such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Bikram. It is also complementary to other forms of active sports and workouts such as running, swimming, martial arts, and gym work. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels and ages and is safe for pregnant women. 

    April 7, Thursday, 6:30-8pm / May 3, Tuesday 5:00 – 6:30 pm / June 2, Thursday 6:30 – 8pm
    Fee: 700 per class or two class card slots
  • SEVA (Service) Sessions
    ECHOyoga holds scheduled SEVA sessions where yoga classes are connected to charity and healing for the benefit of  The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF: Bringing Depression to Light) a fund-raising initiative in partnership with this non-profit organization that promotes the awareness & understanding of Depression through community education and empowerment programs. 

    Depression is a common mental disorder that is characterized by sadness, loss of interest in pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration. If you feel any of these, or know of someone who does, these workshops are for you. Join us. Or sponsor someone who needs it.

    In Yoga philosophy, the virtue of generosity as a yogic responsibility reminds us that all beings live from the donations of others, as the world family, and that we are all connected.  The action of giving back is a sincere sharing of wealth (money, talents, service) acquired by right means, and it is counted among the ten niyamas (the code of conduct) on the Yoga path.

    Service (seva in Sanskrit) is something necessary for continued development on the Yoga path. Community is nurtured through voluntary gatherings for service together where teachers and students can connect with each other while at the same time do something that makes the world a better place. Teachers offer their services for free.  Students can also use their class cards, or donate more than they can, less when they need to.  Check out our schedule for such fund-raising workshops: Join us, donate, or sponsor someone!

  • Yoga Therapy For Depression (for the fund-raising benefit of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation)
    A two-session workshop focused on giving a sequence of therapeutic yoga poses to help combat various levels of depression. Sessions may include energy healing with Reiki healers who will teach and demonstrate the flow of Universal Energy and work to raise and balance the participant’s energies. 

    May 7 and 14, Saturdays, 4-6pm / Fee Php 2,000 for two sessions
  • Meditation Circle Of Light(Community Event)
    Certain times of the year, during the solstices and equinoxes, the changing seasons bring potent energies that can be harnessed to help balance the earth. This is a community meditation event led by ECHOyoga in collaboration with Stillpoint Manila, Pulse Yoga, Medicine for Gaia and the United Religions Initiative. This is open for free to the general public, and donation for use of space is welcome. 

    June 21, 6:30 pm
    September 22, 6:30 pm
    December 21, 6:30 pm
Photos courtesy of Silvina Gall