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Satsang Summer 2016
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September 10th
Jeff Logan
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October 15th
One Day Intensive
Gabriel Halpern 

November 12th 
Amy Perri  & 
Donna Coogan 

December 5th
Mokshapriya Shakti 
Holiday Luncheon 
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President's Letter
Summer greetings fellow yogis,
Hoping you are enjoying the summer days. We tend to fill up our weekends with so many activities that the summer seems to pass by so quickly.  Each moment we experience in this life is full of the memories we create everyday.   Take a breath, take a moment to enjoy the air, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars, the sunrise and sunsets, the beach, the mountains, the lakes, the rain, the laughter of children playing, the amazing summer foliage, etc.  Just stop once in a while and pay attention to this moment, enjoy the journey, celebrate impermanence.
St. Joseph's Retreat Center will be under construction starting October and is unable to accommodate LIYA's retreat this year.  The sleeping quarters will be used to house the nuns while under construction. Narayani was disappointed  that she could not present her retreat this year.  We will reschedule Narayani's retreat for next year. 
Instead, on October 15th LIYA will host a full day intensive at St Joseph's Retreat Center.  Our beloved Gabriel Halpern will present.  Gabriel is known for his extensive yoga knowledge and its therapeutics, his dharma talks and his ability to apply yoga philosophy in daily life.   His teachings are truly priceless and we are so happy to have him again present for LIYA.
Our workshop schedule is as follows:
September - Jeff Logan
October - Gabriel Halpern
November - Amy Perri and Donna Coogan
December - Mokshapriya and holiday luncheon
We are currently working on 2017 schedule and of course we will start of the year with Jennifer Brilliant in January.
Let's catch up and gather once again to embrace the insightful teachings of yoga, the wisdom and gifts of these wonderful presenters.
With much radiant love and light,
Roxana C. Lucero
Long Island Yoga Association 

Speaking on The Kleshas - Asmita & Egoism 
by Amy Perri   e-RTY-500

I understood that the attachment to myself and my image ... was actually taking me away from my Self, away from this wonderful opportunity to just sit, just breathe....When under the sway of this obsession, my mind's attention was always in the fantasized future, or the idealized or devalued past - never present to the reality of the moment."                             Stephen Cope
Speaking on The Kleshas - Asmita & Egoism
Our Ego is a complicated part of our psyche.  On one hand it's the part of the right brain that allows us to take action, to make plans and to accomplish what we desire in our lifetime.  It drives us forward and prompts us to be productive and presentable; to suit up and show up. These are all good things to aspire to.   On the other hand, our ego can work subtly, powerfully and insidiously to take us out of the present moment with its insatiable appetite for validation.  Lost in the throes of egoism (Asmita), we believe our self-worth relies on temporal things like what we do, what we have, what we look like, or any other misidentification with the true self that inevitably causes great, unnecessary suffering (dukha) because the ego is never satisfied.  Asmita is based on our fears, samskaras (deep rooted patterns) or cultural pressures when it begins to whisper "you are not good enough as you are, you need to do more, be more, have more to be whole, content or successful".  This type of fear can scare us into undisciplined action.   When our decisions are driven by fear, that are not based in reality, they are usually short sited and filled with anxious energy, manipulation and the need to control things outside ourselves. So in other words, asmita leads to misguided thinking which leads to misguided actions which leads to suffering for ourselves and others.

"You are what your deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny."    Upanishads

Yogic practices, when done with patience over time, have the ability to resist the ego's call by yoking us to the present moment where our authentic self lives.  Physical practices such as asana and pranayama connect us to our subtle bodies where we can feel into the ever present, intimate connection to life itself.   By living our lives ethically through the yamas and niyamas we recognize the need to discipline our thoughts and actions for the good of all to discover what is truly important and lasting in our lives.  Meditation helps us to see through "avidya" (spiritual ignorance) by training the mind away from ego driven misperceptions or a core confusion over what is permanent with what is impermanent.  In short, by walking a spiritual path we keep our ego in check because these guidelines create inner tranquility and equanimity, we stay in the stream of goodness and out of self-seeking, ego driven rewards.

When something doesn't feel quite like "you", check in with your intentions.  Is the goal to attain some outer praise, avoid some inner pain or simply satisfy the need to feel validated? Are your actions aligning with your ethical ideals?  Is the energy of your decision edgy or indecisive?  If so, stop, breathe, align yourself to what is truly important and what it is means to lead a life well lived.  Most of all, follow the path that feels true, right and meaningful to you, stepping away from fear and into the light of your amazing, authentic self. 

By Amy Perri, eRYT500

Jewels Part 2 - A Collection of Inspirational Quotes 
by Marianne Mitsinikios

"When you pray for things, you are really seeking the feeling the thing brings you.  Cultivate the feeling and the things become secondary.  Then it will come spontaneously and effortlessly."
"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.  The strongest currency at your disposal is your attention.  Whatever you pay attention to, you get more of."
"There is an entire unexplored world available to you even a little bit beyond the familiar.  Open your mind and the Universe will rush to show you what you can have."
"Do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world.  Show that God's creative principle works in you."
Along the same principle, from a source I cannot remember, I read the words "born to initiate". 
NEXT GROUPING:  Early on, when I first started recording my list of Jewels, I did not have the foresight to record the source.  The following snippets are part of that collection.
It is foolish to pray for the healing of a relationship while being unforgiving in your heart.  You must live, think, act and dwell in harmony with that for which you are praying, and in that way, become a congruent vessel to receive the grace you are requesting.
There is a transcendent power in example.  We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.  You are living in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.
Time spent in regret is only more time wasted.
Life is not under your control, but the rhythm of life is.
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake.  A sufficient realization of love will dissolve all.
Respectfully offered with thanks and gratitude to the authors of this wisdom.
Marianne Mitsinikos 

ASANA COLUMN by Jeff Logan 

UPAVISTHA KONASANA  (Seated Wide Angle )

Upavistha Konasana or "Seated Wide Angle " pose opens up the. Hamstring muscles at the back of the thighs and relieves and prevents hernia. It is a recommended pose during menses.

Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight out in front. Separate the legs about 90 degrees and place your hands on the floor behind your hips with the fingers pointing back. Lift the buttocks off the floor and slide forward somewhat allowing the legs to widen even more. (not more than 120 degrees). 
Sit back down with the buttock flesh moving slightly forward  toward the heels.
Lift your chest, take hold of the big toes and extend the trunk  forward using the pull of your arms. Be mindful to roll the outer thighs and top buttock down as you extend forward. 
Rest your forehead on a block or the floor. If possible, extend the front chest further and rest your chin on the floor.  
Hold the pose for about 1 minute with normal breathing and reflecting on the downward action of the top buttock and outer thighs. 
To exit Upavistha Konasana, i nhale and lift the torso to the upright position, and slide the pelvis back slightly. Join the legs with them stretching straight forward.