Welcome to the Natural Yoga blog

Dear Friends,

Some of our students have sent us questions about the challenges they face with daily practice and we thought we would share our written perspective so that everyone can benefit from our community of yoga practitioners.

We would like to invite you contribute to our blog. Feel free to ask questions on the blog about your practice and we will be happy to address them in upcoming posts.  We also welcome you to share your wisdom and experience as well.  We look forward to hearing from you and having an open dialogue.

  

Ila and Dinabandhu

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6 Responses to Welcome to the Natural Yoga blog

  1. Margo Ruark says:

    Dinabandhu, I really appreciated the two talks I heard you give on karma yoga during my recent 200 hour yoga teacher training. I’ve been to a lot of leadership and spirituality workshops and you truly bring something unique to the conversation! Thank you!

    I have a question on authenticity in leadership as it applies to growth…I run a spiritual center in the Chicagoland area and my main issue now is growth and sustainability. I have been exploring answers to the question of “what is my unique authentic offering to the world? What do I do, what does my center do that no one else can?” In your opinion, Is this the right question to be asking to grow the center? I have given up on asking the question “how do I get more people in the door?” That one just makes me sad and tired!

    Your insight is deeplly appreciated!

  2. admin says:

    Even though you phrase you question through a business lens, in reality you ask about some of the deepest parts of the Karma Yoga inquiry. When you ask what is unique about your center, or what does your center do that no one else can, you are framing the question in a both a helpful way and at the same time an unhelpful way. Let me explain:

    It is helpful to understand how to differentiate your offering from other competitive offerings in the marketplace. This is sound business thinking and is a worthwhile inquiry for you to engage in. The exigencies of the marketplace demand that you identify what you offer that others do not so potential consumers can make better decisions and so that people who choose your offerings will more likely be satisfied with their choice, i.e. they are not surprised when they pick you. At the same time, asking this business question is not exactly the same thing as trying to live authentically in your own life. Understanding the difference between these two things can make your practice more rewarding.

    When we practice Karma yoga we are exploring how we can use the circumstances we face moment to moment as a way to learn more about ourselves. This means that our inquiry into authenticity is always available, no matter what the circumstances. For example, it might easily be the case that what makes your center unique is some aspect of your programming, site, physical plant, or a combination of these. These qualities are external to your own expression of authenticity, and so you could still practice Karma yoga and inquire into authentic expression without drawing a strict connection between what makes your center unique and what makes YOU unique.

    Our own uniqueness is unfolded as our life unfolds. For example, if your major challenge in life at a given time be a business or financial challenge (e.g. keeping your center afloat), then the resolution to this challenge will involve both external expression and internal development or internal transformation. I’m pretty sure you’ll find that financial or business challenges are a reflection of some lack of internal integration within your self. For example, keeping the center afloat may require you to generate greater inner trust and confidence, or maybe it requires you to shed fantasy based idealism, or maybe it’s a matter of changing your relationship to money and reward. Once you can use the emotional energy that comes with being challenged to rework you beliefs and mental habits of perception, then the external, structural changes that need to be made in your business become easier to see. For example, if the issue is one of self trust, then once you see the issue for what it is, you automatically begin to see how the lack of self trust constrains your business decision making, and thus frees you up to make those decisions in a new context.

    Having covered all of the above on the one hand, I should also cover some of the perspective on the other hand. What I mean by this is that while I believe it is true that business questions and personal growth questions live in different spheres, it is also true that if you run your own business it can and should reflect your core values. For example, you can (and probably should) try to make your center unique solely on the way you treat your employees and clients. This is not the most common way of thinking about business uniqueness, but it is a powerful asset that obviously flows directly from your own practice of being fully expressed and authentic.

    The good news is that if you can embody (or at least earnestly practice) rigor, authenticity and full expression in a way that your employees and clients taste, smell, and feel, your center can acquire a reputation for those things that will ultimately give it a unique competitive advantage. It is also true that hewing to these core values will generate a clarity of thought about your business that will be sufficient to overcome most of the strategic business questions you will face. The bad news is that in order to do this your commitment to those core values must be of the highest nature and holding yourself accountable for these values will likely engender a more challenging personal journey than you originally anticipated when you were just trying to keep your center afloat and prosperous.

    In our experience the question about how to orient one’s professional effort is secondary to the question about how we orient our personal direction. What we mean by this is that because Karma yoga is a practice that reveals our self each moment, the way to practice must be amenable to moment by moment practice.

    Thank you,

    Dinabandhu

  3. Sonya says:

    I would like to find some similar place in NJ. I live in Fair Lawn and would appreciate any help. With my best regards, Sonya
    201 475-1622

  4. Caitlin Kelly says:

    eee

  5. Pam Greer says:

    Hi Dinabandu and Ila,

    I was in the Kripalu YTT (500) mod last summer. I have a Psychiatric Clinic with a huge practice in ADD/ADHD that would be interested in using Calm and Clear Breath with their clients. I can teach it. They are interested in research as well and you guys indicated a need there. So, two things….

    1. Can you give me more background info on existing documentation of its efficacy with this population?

    2. Can you give me very clear and in-depth instructions?

    I am currently teaching it (bit by bit) in all my yoga classes (drop in, so it is a long process) and practicing it myself. Love it!

    Cheers,
    Pam in Abu Dhabi

  6. Michaela says:

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    Thank you. ;)

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