by Nicole Becker, founder/director Ojas Yoga Center
Ojas Yoga Center took it's first breath on October, 23, 2009. Since then we have been become a beloved sanctuary, offering true opportunities for self-acceptance, expansion of awareness, healing of our conditioned separateness, and a counterpoint to the pop-yoga craze.
As I reflect on my personal mission for the coming year, my intention is to emphasize that a true yoga practice is not about "being peaceful" or "happy" all the time as if when we inevitably lose the "post yoga bliss" that we are somehow failing spiritually. It is my experience that peacefulness with all conditions and experiences is not about a bland homogeneous countenance in the face of any circumstance but rather a "being at peace with" whatever is moving through us or around us at the moment, be it anger, joy, grief... I am interested in teaching about accepting our human-ness.
As I look to the mission for Ojas this coming year, my intention is to emphasize our mission of "helping the helpers". The rich community of students at Ojas is comprised of so many people who are deeply committed to their service roles in our larger community. We have sooooo many school teachers, medical providers (nurses, acupuncturists, massage therapists), artists, community leaders, people who run or work for non-profit organizations, people who are caring for children and/or aging parents, people who are very active in organizing for social equity, justice and a livable future. At Ojas, we help the helpers. We are honored to give you a place to refuel and care for yourself in a very deep an meaningful way so you can continue with your heartfelt contributions to our world.
Thank you for your love and support in all it's forms. May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
In Loving Service,
by Nicole Becker
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
Mostly when it comes to our health we are very focused on things at the body level like nutrition, sleep, mental/emotional health. This is all very well and good but according the wise Yoga masters no matter how much we care for the physical, if we do not care for the soul we will never really be well. Not to mention, no matter how well we take care of this body it will eventually pass and we will be only soul again! So, which is most important to care for long term?
HOW TO NOURISH ATMABALA
Practices that address our soul/spirit are the subtle practices like meditation and certain inner visualization practices that help us connect with Wholeness, Oneness and Unity.
Aligning ourselves with the deep and powerful currents of nature, time and timelessness we begin to feel our body/life as an expression of a much bigger intelligence than just our own collection of thoughts.
HEALING IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Every culture has developed it's own methods of connecting with the spirit/soul level of reality. Yoga/Tantra being just one of many valid paths. The method of "Pranic Healing" is a yogic form of energy healing where the practitioner directs healing "prana" (chi or life energy) through their hands towards (but not touching) the body of the recipient. Since we all have life energy we can all learn how to use it to direct healing to ourselves and each other. There are many simple pranic self-healing techniques that can be easily learned and applied.
YOU ARE INVITED
To experience the power of Pranic Healing and Atmabala nourishment, you are invited to join Nicole Becker at the first (of hopefully many!) Atmabala evenings where you will learn and practice pranic self-healing as well as receive healing from Nicole as you rest. She will also guide you in powerful inner visualizations and meditations which she usually reserves just for residential retreats. FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2019 | 7-9 PM. Space is limited so advance registration is appreciated
Author, Nicole Becker
Yoga Therapist, Retreat Leader, and Heart of Yoga Teacher, Nicole Becker offers yoga and self-care insights and tips.