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.

Jim Ray

Reasons Not to Do Yoga

*** 6/18/2017 Sunday morning yoga has been cancelled. The Fortnight tap room will be closed. ***

Reasons not to do yoga are things we create in our own mind that are obstacles. I hurt my leg. I am too tight. I don’t have time. It is too expensive.

Let’s turn it around: Reasons *To* Do Yoga

It makes me happy. My body feels good afterward. Pretty simple stuff.

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.

Success with Yoga is an Internal Job

Success with yoga is an internal job that is unique to each of us, and that comes from within. 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.

Meditation Yoga with Smita Shah

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Please join us Sunday mornings for Meditation Yoga with Smita Shah from 9-10 AM.

Smita Shah

– Begin with Flex & Stretch for comfortable seated position to Meditate

–  10 – 15 minutes Meditation

– Gentle Yoga Poses: sitting down, lying on back, lying on stomach, & standing,

– End with Relaxation

 

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Morrisville, NC 27560

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I have been medically advised not to do yoga. Wtf?

“I have been medically advised not to do yoga” said one of my very first yoga students that would come over to my house for free yoga for seniors on Saturday afternoons. She told me she quit in an email yesterday. Wtf?

It really hurt me. I always felt like she got it and could see the smile in her face. I call BS on the adviser. Here’s why.

One thing that one of my teachers told me helped more than anything else. Breathe. Bring pranayama into your daily home yoga practice. It is all about the mind and not so much the physical body. The meditation and introspection is key.

There are also restorative yoga classes that I personally love and that allow me to have practice even after I do something stupid and get hurt. I rarely go to any open level yoga class without substituting a child’s pose for any given pose and have never had anyone yell at me for doing so. I have been yelled at many times for doing stupid stuff above my pay grade. I don’t yell, though. I help others do stupid stuff, too, spot them so it is safe, and laugh when I fall.

I would like to go back to the person that gave the medical advice and get them to qualify their opinion like don’t do twists and back bends as opposed to don’t do yoga if you have something wrong with your back. Anyone that says don’t do yoga does not understand yoga.

I encourage folks to continue on the path even if the physical asana is not possible. The best thing I ever did is start yoga to train my mind after injury. We can’t prevent things from happening to us. We can change the way we feel about it.

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks – Managed Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net

For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.

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.

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
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net

For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.

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.

Jesus Christ

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In keeping with philosophy of discussing non-controversial topics, religion on this Easter Sunday came to mind. No judgment. I was raised in traditional Methodist faith and have no regrets. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and learned about unconditional love. More importantly, I learned from a peer that Jesus would hang around with lepers and whores as opposed to the country club. That Monte Christo sandwich at the country club is pretty killer, though. The big take home for me is being saved by forgiveness for my transgressions and freeing my soul to practice unconditional love which is my Heaven on Earth as opposed to carrying around baggage which is my Hell. I’m not waiting until I die.

Happy Easter to all those that celebrate it.

Enter yoga into the equation that predates Christianity many years. Imagine Jivanmukti. Imagine liberation while the body is still alive as Heaven on Earth. Imagine that all religions have the common goal of living life with love in your heart and only the man-made rituals separate us. We talk in tongues that are language barriers and further separate us one from another.

Here’s to all the teachers in our lives that help us bring it together on the mat so we may carry a little more love with us off the mat and into our lives as well as the lives of others. May we all live life with love in our hearts whatever name we may call our gods.

One love.

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray

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.
Contact Information:
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

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

Cary Yoga Teacher Meetup

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Gathering of Teachers and Teachers in Training to study yoga poses, assists, and sequences for Continuing Education.
Some of the folks in the teacher training class have expressed an interest in gathering for practice outside of the class room training. This Meetup intends to facilitate that gathering.
Regards,
Jim
 Jim Ray