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Cultivating Happiness

Ancient Psychology Exercises to Soften the Ego

More than two-and-a-half millennia ago the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama had already solved the mystery of happiness: the cultivation of the Six Perfections or Paramitas gradually dissolves the ego, transforming us in lighter, more flexible and adaptable beings. And two millennia ago Patañjali codified the Yoga Sutras in a book—sutras probably much older in the oral tradition—where it is written about Yama or external, social observances, and Niyama or internal, personal observances. Yama and Niyama are the basis of yoga, the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga or the eight limbs of Raja Yoga, which evolve from the social or external to the personal or internal and from the physical or coarse to the mental and spiritual or subtle, culminating in the practices of meditation and the mystical experience of samadhi. Interestingly but not surprisingly, Yama and Niyama are almost never taught as part of yoga in the West, because this yoga is more focused on the physical postures or asanas. However, in traditional India it is unconceivable to learn yoga without starting with Yama and Niyama. Yamas and Niyamas establish the foundations for living in harmony and peace with our surroundings and with ourselves. Only when there is a certain level of peace and harmony one canreally begin to make progress in the spiritual path toward complete liberation from this plane of polarities and confusion.

This workshop is open to everyone, not just to yoga/meditation practitioners. It will combine teachings from Buddhist and Hindu psychology in a whole that is both coherent and meaningful to our lives. Besides theory, which will be minimal, we will do several hands-on exercises with which we will put in practice the principles of the Paramitas, Yamas, and Niyamas to our daily life in order to work with our less polished sides as social and spiritual beings thus becoming very light and fluid for the more refined practices or aspects of yoga, such as meditation.

 

 

To Be is the Blissful Reality of Mind. To Do is the Activity of Love. Everything we Do is Just a Game to Recognize the Activity of Love.

There  are no people, things, or circumstances which are good or bad, beautiful or ugly; it is only our emotionality toward them what is there. Wisdom is to remain free from judging, aware of one's emotions. Alchemy is to transmute emotions, maintaining a homeostasis of harmony and wellbeing. Meditation is to recognize the thought that generates the emotion, observing it with equanimity. Mahamudra is to wake up after dying, having a vision of what has always been, is, and will be.

 

Yoga is a Technology of Consciousness-Energy Developed to Experience Union. It Transcends Religion and Culture.