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Guide to the Good Life.

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A Solid Foundation: http://aci-la.org/PODCASTS/Marut235.mp3
Posted: 11 Mar 2012 06:07 AM PDT
How understanding the three problems of the Starbuck’s cup is the foundation for learning to be happy.
This podcast was taken from “Renunciation, Emptiness and the Path of Desire,” given at Lucky Lotus, Brooklyn April 2010
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Stretch Your Hamstrings, Stretch Your Mind Yoga Workshop w/V. Nyingpo

Lama Nyingpo Deconstructing Niguma series 6 asanas

Lady Niguma’s sky dance

  1. Out-breath: Downward Dog, In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath:
    Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose, Out-breath: Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky
    Archer, Out-breath: Extended Angle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Outbreath:
    lower to Plank Pose, In-breath: Up-dog, Out-breath: Downward Dog.
  2. In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose,
    Out-breath: Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Folding
    Warrior Swing, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Folding Warrior
    Swing, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: lower to Plank Pose, Inbreath:
    Up-dog, Out-breath: Downward Dog.
  3. In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose,
    Out-breath: Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Forceful Out-breath:
    Snare of Huungkara, In-breath: Snare of Jampel Shenyen, Forceful Outbreath:
    Snare of Huungkara, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: lower
    to Plank Pose, In-breath: Up-dog, Out-breath: Downward Dog.
  4. In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose,
    Out-breath: twist to put opposite hand outside front foot, In-breath: back
    knee off floor to Twisting Extended Angle, Out-breath: bind your hands,
    Inbreath:
    lift back leg up, Out-breath: place back leg gently down, In-breath:
    Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: lower to Plank Pose, In-breath: Up-dog,
    Outbreath:
  5. Downward Dog.
    In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: grab your back
    foot, Out-breath: Bound Crescent Twist, In-breath: Crescent Pose, Out-breath:
    Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Fold over straight front
    leg, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: lower to Plank Pose, In-breath:
    Up-dog, Out-breath: Downward Dog.
    In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose,
    Out-breath: Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Warrior II
  6. In-breath: Half Moon, Out-breath: Warrior II, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer,
    Out-breath: lower to Plank Pose, In-breath: Up-dog, Out-breath: Downward
    Dog.
  7. In-breath: Downdog Split, Out-breath: Lunge, In-breath: Crescent Pose,
    Out-breath: Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Rotated
    Triangle, In-breath: Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: Rotated Triangle, Inbreath:
    Nigu’s Sky Archer, Out-breath: lower to Plank Pose, In-breath: Updog,
    Out-breath: Downward Dog.

Spiritual Partners: Mahamudra-A talk at the Lucky Lotus by Ven Nyingpo

The Goddess Code part 2 Christine & Sham at Lucky Lotus

Based on teachings by Lama Marut How to cultivate happiness by practicing All Day Yoga:

  • All day yoga starts by getting a good night’s sleep. Nobody benefits from your crankiness and mental afflictions are lining up to explode when you are not well rested.
  • Wake up with enough time to loll around in bed for ten or fifteen minutes. Try not to start your day by being jolted out of bed with a crazy alarm and do not jump out of bed and start running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
  • For the first part of the loll, think of what an incredible miracle your life is. You have relative health, a sound mind, shelter, food, you live in a country that lets you practice peacefully, you have access to all the precious ancient teachings in your own language, you have access to teachers from a pure lineage. All systems are go for you in this lifetime. Liberation is in the palm of your hand. See it for what it is! Every day you can add things to be grateful for.
  • For the second part of the loll, think of how this opportunity will not last. Everything good that arises must go. We must have worked very hard to have all of these opportunities. What will we do with it? Will we waste it by being distracted by meaningless things? In our last moments of life, all
    of the dramas we are currently caught up in will seem just like a dream, like a bubble. Think about
    how this could very well be your last day. How will you live it?
  • Get up and do some asana to get the prana moving and to unclog your spiritual arteries. Then do your meditation. If you are a beginner, start with ten minutes focusing on the breath. When the mind strays from the breath, notice it, trace it back. When you are ready for analytical meditations, ask a teacher to guide you. Meditation is a must if you want to progress along the path. You cannot seriously transform your mind if you don’t meditate.
  • Go do your thing out in the world and carry your practice with you. Check on your yamas andniyamas all day long. This is the only way you will ever get happy. Have you noticed that being angry doesn’t make us happy? Being envious of what other people have doesn’t make us happy? Thinking only of what’s in it for me does not make me happy. Instead watch your mind. Watch how it turns things around. Instead of being completely self-cherishing, think how you can serve someone else today. Who can I make smile? Who can I bring coffee? Who can I offer one moment of happiness to?
  • Come home and sit back on your couch. Do not turn on the tv. There is nothing on except toxic waste to poison your mind and increase your ignorance. You are not missing anything; in fact, you will gain some sanity by not watching. Instead, sit back and think about what it will be like when you are enlightened. Fantasize about what it feels like to be free of mental pain of any kind, physical pain of any kind. What would it be like to love each person like they were my only child? You must start to imagine this to be able to reach these goals. Make it conceivable.
  • Then have some dinner and do whatever else you need to do.
  • Before you go to bed, spend some time reading a sacred text. Don’t bother trying to stay caught up with the bestseller list. All of that knowledge that is meaningless will just leak out of your brain one day. Read something that teaches you to be a better person, a kinder person. Look at all the great beings that have walked this earth. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus… They all have one thing in common. They lived to serve others. Have those kinds of thoughts in your mind as you fall asleep.