Free teacher training
Loka Hatha Yoga offers free teacher training for yogis seeking to volunteer with the Sheriff's Office, or provide other public service. Your help is needed. Whether you have no prior experience, or lots of prior experience, we need your help.
We invite you to participate and contribute. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or (970) 778-2835 for more information
Instruction in Asanas, Yamas, Samadhi
Yamas and Niyamas. First, attempt to control your mind by attempting the yamas and niyamas. In trying to speak no falsehood, you will learn what it means to truly lie, and the impossibilities of truth. You will understand right speech. In trying to harm no living creature, you will learn what life truly is, and discover you are also a living creature - you will understand your nature is to harm other beings, and make them your food, your clothing, your shelter, and come to perceive the true reality of their sacrifice to you. You might become worthy of their sacrifices. Exercise chastity, and you will discover continence. Restrain your breath, you will discover your need for air. Attempt any extreme behavior and you will find moderation. Restrain all your organs in pratyahara, and you will understand their function. What is the function of your spirituality? Become disillusioned with ritual and religion, and you will discover true sacrifice. Grow weary of the lyrics and you will hear the true melody of the Vedas. Grow weary of this world and you will discover others. Discover all your lives. This training takes most people 12 years. Do you have the sense to accomplish it faster?
Asana. Everyone has one posture or another which is natural to them, which comes easiest. What is your resting state? What is your satisfaction, and the means to it? What is necessary for your life, to sustain it and give it meaning? What is the expression of your Dharma, Artha and Kama? This is most easily discovered by difficulty and other austerities - which also gives one the strength of courage required to pursue, obtain, and succeed in these goals of Dharma, Artha and Kama. Can you perform the sacrifice of difficulty and austerity? Can you sit, relaxed, in victory? Or are you too restless? Some may not find success in this training their entire lifetime, with their progress it would take them hundreds or thousands of years to succeed. Do you have the sense to accomplish it faster?
Samadhi. Awareness of body leads to awareness of mind, which leads to awareness of thought, which leads to awareness of consciousness, which leads through wisdom and skill and contentment of self toward what lies beyond self, beyond consciousness itself. Purify your self as you would remove salt from water, refine your self as you would destroy the dross from gold, seek your self as you would a lost child, win yourself as you would your lover, your devotee.
Do you think of evil things? Do you think there are evil things? You will soon discover what goodness truly is. Are you aware yet of your pain? You will discover the cause of it, and discern the ending of it. You will understand the subtle means of ending it. You will tame yourself, accept the reins and bear the yoke. You will succeed.