Full moon in Aquarius, Tuesday August 20th, 2013
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I hope everyone has been having a lovely summer!  I've returned from my 3-week trip out east and it feels good to be back teaching Yoga again!  I've heard some wonderful things from those of you who were able to experience Jennifer's and Jacquie's classes while I was away - thank you Jennifer and Jacquie for filling in and adding your radiance to Hemma!

Last week in Kundalini Yoga we did the Kriya "Foundation for Infinity", which worked on stabilizing our pelvic body, and then integrating the pelvic and navel energy with our Sahasrara (crown chakra).  It's through a strong foundation in our pelvic body that we can more readily experience the opening of our 10th gate and the integration of our finite self with our infinite self.  This coming Thursday we will do a Kriya for the Pituitary Gland - I hope you can join us! 

Please note that starting the first week of September, the Kundalini Yoga class start time will change from 4:30 to 4:45pm. In September, I will also start going through the Ten Light Bodies of Consciousness. The Ten Bodies include: the soul body, the negative, positive, and neutral mind, the physical body, the arcline, the auric body, the pranic body, the subtle body, and the radiant body.  Stay tuned for some meditations, kriyas, and teachings on these "bodies" in the months of September and October!  

Thank you all for sharing your light!  I always look forward to hearing from you, your experiences, and any questions you may have!  Love and Light, Dawn

Yoga Gems

Sat Narayan Mantra
Meditation for Majesty and a Clear Mind 

Sit in a comfortable cross-legged meditation position. Elbows are bent, resting at the sides of the chest, with the forearms raised and vertical to the floor. Palms are facing forward in Gyan Mudra (thumb tip touching the first finger tip) and the rest of the fingers are pointing upwards. The eyes are 9/10th closed. Chant this mantra for 11 minutes:

Sat Narayan Wahe Guru
(true sustainer, indescribable wisdom)
Hari Narayan Sat Nam

(creative sustenance, true identity)

This meditation brings purity of consciousness, and clarity of mind and perception. This mantra is chanted to create inner peace so one can project outer peace. Narayan is the aspect of Infinity that relates to the water element; therefore, this mantra helps you "go with the flow" and takes you beyond the world to the experience of Infinity. I chant this mantra along with Ajeet Kaur's beautiful rendition from her album "Sacred Waters: Flow from Emotion to Devotion".  It's the track entitled "Sat Narayan".

Kundalini Kriya: Foundation for Infinity
This is the Kriya we did in class last week. It sets a firm foundation through the pelvic body so we can more easily connect with our Infinite self through the crown chakra.  
Click here for this Kriya.
Please send any Yoga related questions to me and I will be happy to answer them!

Yoga Classes
I teach the following drop-in on-going yoga classes at Hemma (everyone and all levels welcome!):
Kundalini Yoga: Thursdays 4:30-5:45pm**
Yin Yoga: Mondays 9:00-10:30am

**Please note!  Class start time for Kundalini Yoga changes in the first week of September from 4:30 to 4:45pm.

p.s. I will be subbing a Hatha Yoga class on Monday Sept. 16th, 10:45-12:00noon - I would love to see you there!

Contact Information
Website: www.dawnrabey.com
Email: DawnRabey@live.ca
Phone: 250-661-8679

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(Totally unrelated photo - but my friend's baby is soo adorable, along with my daughter!)

Goddess of the Month
Those who come to my Yin Yoga classes know that every moon cycle I work with a different Goddess from the Dash Mahavidyas (the ten wisdom goddesses from the tantric tradition). This moon cycle I am working with Chinnamasta, so you'll hear bits of Her wisdom in the next few Yin class.  

Chinna means chopped off and masta means head. Chinnamasta holds her chopped off head in her left hand, and nectar from her shushumna channel flows like a fountain up and out through her neck into her decapitated head. A little grotesque perhaps! But it's all symbolic. The head represents the activities of the mind, and one of the primary "goals" of yoga is to cease the activities of the mind. Offering one's head symbolizes total surrender and abandonment of the discursive mind.

Chinnamasta is a Goddess of radical self-transcendence and ecstatic empowerment. She drinks fully from Her own ecstatic essence. Her abode is in the Shushumna channel - the seat of our higher consciousness. One way to become acquainted with Her is to meditate on her yantra (image below).

Chinnamasta Yantra (retrieved from http://www.aghori.it/images/mahavidya
Have a beautiful day, and Sat Nam!

Dawn Rabey, PhD (ABD), Transpersonal Psychotherapist
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Yoga Teacher (E-RTY200, RYT500)
Copyright © 2013 Dawn Rabey, All rights reserved.

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