Sit Down, and Shut Up.

Sometimes, I try to think of something meaningful for my yoga practice. Something for a little dharma talk. Just a little nugget that folks might hold onto, and take with them off the mat and into life. I couldn’t think of a thing this morning for tomorrow’s Sunday Morning Free Community Yoga at Fortnight. Zilch. I just wanted to sit down, and shut up.

Then, it came to me. Sit down, and shut up. That was it. Not in a mean or nasty way. Just do it. Those little voices inside our heads with constant chatter also known as the monkey mind need to sit down, and shut up. It is part of the process to arrive on your mat, and purge thyself of all things that do not serve you. You do it by focusing on breathing because everyone has the ability to breathe, or you would not be here. Focus on the breath, and the monkey mind sits down, and shuts up.

We may use the physical asana to help us become more receptive to the meditative state of bliss where the monkey mind cannot be heard. Advanced yoga is all about the mind, and not just the body bending into some pretzel. It is all about the mind controlling and elongating the breath that regulates the heart rate throughout the asana and seated meditation.

Come breathe. Set yourself free. Kiss the monkey mind bye bye, and arrive.

Join me most any given Sunday morning for yoga at Fortnight in Cary, and go within. Tap into your mind, body, and soul to successfully arrive by letting go of the past, not worrying about the future, and being in the present moment to acknowledge your own divine nature. All you have to do is to bring your own mat, and breathe. It’s a free community practice that is open to all levels. I lean toward the gentle side instead of torture like Chaturanga Dandasana until your arms fall off yet also throw in a little optional spice. We start at 10:30 AM every Sunday at Fortnight in Cary, NC unless there is a holiday, or I am out of town at my additional teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center several times each year. Here’s where I will post any schedule changes, and where you may go for additional details:

Sunday Morning Yoga

Arrive. Be here now.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray RYT200 cell: 984-459-0458

Yoga is not about the fancy pose. It is about getting into your head, and your heart. It is about taking what you learn on the mat into your life off the mat. Jim completed RYT200 teacher training at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, and is currently enrolled in RYT300 teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.

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om bolo shri sat guru bhagavan ki jai – Here’s to all the teachers.

Here’s to all the teachers including yours and mine. They come in many forms.

“When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.”

I can’t say whether Buddha made that statement or even spoke English yet found blog post on origin:

Written by Dr. Bob Butera – This Yogic saying holds a key universal truth about learning.

I can say that within this past year, my studies in yoga produced the most transformation within me than any other thing in life to date. Why? Because I found the right teachers including the one within each of us. Love and compassion for all. God bless all creation.

om bolo shri sat guru bhagavan ki jai

ॐ बोलो श्री सत गुरु भगवान की जै

To my teacher within, the only teacher of truth… Victory!

eka pada urdhva dhanurasana

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks – Managed Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
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Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Sat Yam Dharma Talk

In the Laws of Manu from 1500 BC translated into English by G. Buhler, consider Chapter IV, verse 138:

Let him say what is true, let him say what is pleasing, let him utter no disagreeable truth, and let him utter no agreeable falsehood; that is the eternal law.

In Sanskrit, it says:

Satyam bruyat – priyam bruyat- na bruyat satyam apriyam – priyam cha nanrutam bruyat – esha dharmah sanatanah.

In Hindi, it says:

सत्यम ब्रूयात प्रियं ब्रूयात न ब्रूयात सत्यम अप्रियम

प्रियंच नानृतम ब्रूयात  एषा धर्मः सनातनः

Happy Businessman in the Nature

What does it mean to me? One of my teachers had used the mantra “sat yam” in her classes. Sanskritdictionary.org defines satyam as truthfulness. She also said do everything with love. Therein lays the magic to embody truthfulness and to say what is pleasing by doing so with love. More specifically, consider love as the basis for the following three main points:

  • good thoughts for ourselves and for others
  • kind words for ourselves and for others
  • good intentions for ourselves and for others

Short seated meditation: inhale and silently say to yourself “sat,” exhale and say “yam.”

Asana sequence for initial practice prior to vinyasa flow:

  • Seated neck rolls
  • Forward fold with crawl to left and to right
  • Child’s pose – balasana
  • Cat/cow – bidalasana/bitilasana
  • Down dog – adho mukha svanasana

What is love? Is it a cold and broken hallelujah? Is it something we learn? Is it the trinity – the father, son, and holy ghost? The Bible says God is love in John 3:16. Jesus said love as I have loved. Hugh Hefner may have said the same thing. Love between partners certainly is another type of love. There is love between teacher and student, friends, family, pets. There is also loss, separation, sweet emotion, and dark emotion that drives one to check out.

Asana sequence for vinyasa flow:

  • Sun salutation – Surya namaskar A
  • Sun salutation – Surya namaskar B
  • Warrior I/II/III – virabhadrasana

Do you feel like checking out of the hotel? Take it in. Acknowledge it. Notice how you feel. Then, exhale, and purge thyself of all things that do not serve you. One may not change events destined to occur. One may change how you feel about those events.

Asana sequence for floor work:

  • Table
  • Thread the needle
  • Pigeon prep – kapotasana
  • Bridge pose – setu handha sarvangasana
  • Reclined spinal twist – supta parivartanasana
  • Shoulder stand
  • Plow
  • Final relaxation – savasana

Closing:

  • Fetal position – with your eyes closed, slowly roll over to right side, and come back to your intention.
  • Comfortable seated position – keeping your eyes closed, slowly push up to comfortable seated position.

What are you going to take off the mat now for yourself and for others? How about a little bit of love? As you inhale, raise your arms up to the sky, reach up and find that love. On the exhale, lower your arms and twist to the left to send out that love to one side. On the inhale, reach up while coming back to center to find your love. On the exhale, lower your arms and twist to the right to send out that love to the other side.

  • Inhale your hands to heart center and bow your head. Be true. Be love. God bless all creation.

Hum Buzz Studios II

play list – sat yam dharma talk

The play list has three main sections:

  1. soft introduction to initiate dharma talk, set intention, stretch out, and evoke emotion
  2. flow songs for the top of the bell curve in the vinyasa flow sequencing diagram
  3. floor work songs for background music after flow while doing floor poses

It contains 21 songs and lasts about 90 minutes. Most of the selections come from the classic rock genre. Some of the selections are original compositions.

Playlist-SatYamDharmaTalk

About:
Jim Ray is President at Neuse Networks and holds EE degree from NCSU, has been in IEEE for 34 years (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern NC Section, past Chair NCSU Student Branch), and lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Neuse Networks
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Moment of Inspiration and Gratitude for Yoga Practice

So, why do I spend time with yoga? Because it helps me change the way I think, feel, and move. I have been blessed with wonderful teachers that have helped me develop my practice to share with others the way my teachers have shared with me. It is a very selfish motive in one person’s eyes and a very selfless motive in another person’s eyes when one takes love and compassion off the mat and out into the world in everything we think, say, and do.

I had my moment of inspiration and gratitude for yoga practice this morning when I checked my email and saw a beautiful senior yogini make multiple additional reservations for my free community practice at my house on Saturday afternoons. It brings me great joy to share my practice with others and to see progress occur. My practice is decidedly slow and gentle. It is not for everyone. I am and will always be a student of yoga. Losing the use of my left leg without equipment for two years after skiing accident in 2010 helped me appreciate yoga because no one judged me for doing or for not doing any given pose. I learned to breathe, to purge my mind of all things that do not serve me, to smile brighter, and to love deeper.

If I am able to touch one other soul and to help that person also develop a practice, then one of my primary goals shall be met.

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim formed Neuse Networks in 1997 and specializes in managed services to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State. Senior Member, IEEE.

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks
web: www.neuse.net direct extension: 919-838-1672 x100 cell phone: 919-606-1772 skype: neusedotnet email: jim@neuse.net