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HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

2011 what does it have in store for you ?! A great question to ponder. I've been taking some time to reflect back upon the last year, what I liked, what I loved, what I didn't like, and what really hurt. I reflect back with gratitude for all of it. It's helped me shape my vision for the future, each experience has taught me something. The so-called "failures" are simply lessons learned. The only "failure" is giving up. I reflect back on last year at this time, setting new intentions and forecasting the year ahead. That year ahead, 2010, is now the year in review... Sometimes I feel like, hey, why bother with this intention, I do it every year and it never works out. Well, phooey to that. Try, try again. The only failure is to give up. I will never give up or give in.

This year I want to see more of what is truly important in life. Taking care of myself, family and friends is more important. Look, we are all in this together, let's look beyond instant gratification and make decisions with the mindfulness of who and what those decisions affect. Every action has an effect, who are we effecting and how? I want to consider the "whole" in all the little pieces of Life. What we do to someone else, we do to ourselves and I believe the reverse is also true. C'mon, let's make this a better world. Let's devote ourselves to real wealth; each other and clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink and consider our food as our number one source of wellbeing. May our lifestyle bring us the greatest quality of Life and health. Take time to cultivate your intake and consider the outcome. May our actions serve the wellbeing of ourselves and all the rest of us, focused on the highest, always.

In Joy, with gratitude and blessings,


John Levis



Gratitude

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~Melodie Beatty

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Happy Birthday Anusara !!

August 15, 2010 ~13 years


Anusara (a-nu-sar-a), means “flowing with Grace,” “flowing with Nature,” “following your heart.” Founded by John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga which unifies a life-affirming Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. Anusara yoga is growing quickly all over the world with over 250 certified teachers, 750 licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teachers, thousands of teachers in training, and hundreds of thousands of students world-wide. Anusara yoga now has a presence on every continent throughout the world, excluding Antarctica. Anusara yoga's remarkable growth is due in large part to its uplifting philosophy, epitomized by a "celebration of the heart" that looks for the good in all people and all things. Consequently, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents. This celebratory vision sets the basis for a yoga school in which the harmony and joy of a tightly knit community of highly trained teachers and fun-loving students is exalted. This community feels like it has the tightness of a family, yet the looseness of a merry band of bohemian artists. The Anusara yoga community is well networked and organized, yet there is a strong emphasis on creative freedom and individuality. Anusara yoga is held together by everyone's implicit alliance to the spiritual principles of Anusara yoga philosophy, such as celebrating beauty in all its diversity, truthfulness, and honoring the creative freedom of the Divine in all beings. Everyone is aligned with the truth that Grace plays the key role in the successful flow of their practice, classes, and the community itself. Without a rigid dogma, the school is open to continual change and restructuring. Self-examination, discovery, and receptivity to new ideas are foundational to this dynamic system. Individual creativity and investigation are always encouraged within the bounds of basic alignment principles and philosophic precepts of Anusara yoga. Anusara yoga grows with harmony and integrity through the combined vision of our Anusara yoga teachers to unveil the innate goodness, worthiness, and Supreme nature of each student and every being.

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