We continue our focus on GRATITUDE this month, with Ashley's reflection on her teachers:
We have this opening prayer in the Bhakti Yoga tradition that starts with the glorification of our teachers: 
   
Om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

It translates to: "I am blinded by the darkness of ignorance but the guru has mercifully opened up by eyes, anointing them with the salve of divine knowledge. I offer my respects and gratitude to that sri gurudeva."

We recite this invocation in the mornings, before lectures or chanting because it is an important practice to remember all of our teachers that have come before us. It is because of them that we are where we are in our lives. Our teachers have opened us up to some knowledge that we would not have had without them. All of those people in our lives who have shown us the way, lifted our consciousness by changing our way of thinking, helped us in times of struggle with their wisdom, put up with our shortcomings, saw the potential in us before we did, then helped to develop that potential in some meaningful way. 

I am humbled by and grateful for my spiritual teachers: Radhanath Swami, Dhanurdhara Swami, and Raghunath. I am equally grateful for my everyday teachers: My mom, who teaches me how to do all the big and little things in life. My boyfriend, Handerson, who teaches me about love in every encounter I have with him. My clients at the clinic, who teach me about how to cultivate hope and resilience through hardships. I truly believe we are all teachers for one another in some way. We are teaching something everyday, with our words and actions. 
So with that in mind, let's remember to teach only love. Let’s remember to honor our teachers everyday. 

Who are your teachers? Who has opened up your eyes in some way, touched your heart, changed the direction of your life by their presence?

Offer up gratitude to that person in a special personal dedication or by sending them a message this week, sharing your love and appreciation for them. 

With gratitude,
Ashley 
THIS WEEKEND
w/ Stefanie Zito

FRIDAY, November 9th 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m.

by donation / pay what you wish
No pre-registration required
w/ Michelle Stobart

SATURDAY, November 10th 2018
1-5 p.m.

Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Exploring the Patterns and Balance to Lower Crossed Syndrome (LCS) a.k.a. Bye Bye Lower Back and Hip Pain.

This workshop includes lecture, discussions, a physical practice, closing meditation, and Q & A and is open to teachers for continuing education/training credit and students with or without lower back/hip issues.


$65 per person
w/ Paul Richards

SUNDAY, November 11th 2018
1-1:45 p.m., ages 3-6
2:30-3:30 p.m., ages 7-11

$15 per family
w/ Kristen Kolenda

SUNDAY, November 11th 2018
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
UPCOMING EVENTS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th 2018

Join master teacher Raghunath Cappo for a Bhakti yoga immersion at BYS Yoga Collective. You can choose to take Flight School, Bhakti Yoga 101, or a Master Class, or enroll in all three workshops and enjoy a free lunch!