Monthly Seva Program & Sutra

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Sutra of the Month: April 2019

2.16 Heyam Duhkham Anagatam

2:16 Because the worldly experiences are seen as painful. It is the pain that is yet to come that is to be avoided. Yoga is a self reliant healing system. It is the effort that we put forth today that will prevent future pain and suffering.

About Sutra 2.16 from Nicki Doane:

“‘Heyam dukham anagatam,’ essentially answers the question, ‘Why do we practice yoga at all?’ The answer is quite lovely and profound. We practice yoga to alleviate and possibly avoid some of our future suffering. The Sanskrit word ‘dukha’ means suffering, or literally translated, it means ‘a bad axle hole.’ When the axle hole of a tire is not right, the tire doesn’t turn or work properly. According to the Buddha, the first noble truth is that in life there is suffering. He goes on to say that the way out of this suffering is through spiritual practice and that it is possible to alleviate some of it. I love the parallels between Yoga philosophy and Buddhism. Patanjali tells us that yoga has the profound ability to alleviate and possibly avoid some of our future suffering, not all of it. Life as a human being on this planet will definitely have some suffering in it. However, by practicing yoga we learn how to be more present in our own lives. When we are present, we pay more attention to things, details, people, and situations. It is through this presence of being that we start to make better choices in the present moment. When we make good choices, we are automatically affecting our future, as the future is guided by the present. I believe that what Patanjali is saying here is that if we truly practice yoga in its entirety, following the Yamas and the Niyamas and the eight limbs of yoga, then we will be more conscious and will make better decisions and choices in the present moment that will affect our future in a more positive way. We must take care to recognize that we cannot alleviate or avoid all of our suffering. This would not be possible in this imperfect human incarnation. But I do find it very comforting and reassuring to think that what I am doing now as I practice yoga in all aspects of my life is contributing to my future happiness and peaceful state of mind. I love Yoga!!! As I say so often, there is some pain on the path to freedom! Trust your inner voice and your gut and be courageous as you navigate through this thing called life.” –Nicki Doane at her blog

Monthly Seva Program Update

For March, we will continue to collect after school snacks for children in need in connection with the Teton Literacy non-profit organization, especially since there is a greater need during Spring Break in early April.

Please bring non-perishable, healthy snacks to the studio and place them in the box by the elevator if you want to take part in this seva (selfless service) project. Thank you! If you have a local organization that is dear to your heart, please reach out to Patricia 307-200-1985 and let’s start a conversation about what the Shala Sangha can do to help!

Monthly Seva Program: Spreading Awareness and Compassion through Selfless Service

Spread Compassion, Be Willing, Be Involved, Be Connected

How can you be involved? Follow what’s going on, do what you can, spread the word, offer your time, give what you can.

March: Teton County School District Spring Break Snacks

There are children within the Teton County School District who only receive the two meals per day that are offered at school. They do not have snacks to come home to, or a warm meal at home either because their families do not have stoves to cook on as they are living out of hotel rooms, or are not around to cook for their children and don’t have the means to provide warm meals.

On weekends, after school and during Spring Break these children need food to get them through the time that they will not be in school receiving regular meals. Food that does not require cooking is most needed. Care packages will be made for these little children. Every Friday the Shala will be taking donations to the School District and they will be distributed accordingly.

Examples of What’s Needed:

  • Snacks
  • Bars
  • Lunchables
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Dried Fruit Snacks
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Hummus