• About Yoga with LB

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    Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self" - Bhagavad Gita

    The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj" which means to yoke, unite, or to bring together. When we practice yoga we unite the layers of who we are - mind, body, soul - and broaden our perspective as we harness the wisdom of the heart. The word Tantra comes from two Sanskrit roots , tan - to weave, and tra - expand or protect. Essentially tantra is the weaving of spirituality into every aspect of ones life. This type of expansion - of perspective, awareness, compassion and kindness - are the foundation of all offerings of Yoga with LB.

     

    Hatha Yoga

    These classes are most similar to what many of us in the West think of when we hear the word Yoga: physical postures to strengthen and balance the body. These postures are linked together with the breath and incorporate many other techniques from the broader scope of the Yogic system. The specific intention of each class always includes a shift in the flow of energy and the expansion of awareness in the practitioner. When this energy, called Prana or Shakti, is free to move more effectively in the physical body, we can move through our lives with more ease. When we learn these age old techniques for creating balance in the body and mind, we become more awake to the beauty of our lives, more capable of contributing, and more willing to cultivate kindness.

    Restorative Yoga

    Restorative Yoga employs props such as blankets and bolsters so that the student may find a resting (hatha) pose in which the entire body is supported. Yoga for the nervous system; human physiology has not evolved as quickly as our lifestyles and the result is the accumulation of stress and the toll it takes on our lives. Restorative Yoga affords the student an opportunity for relaxation and deep rest. Rather than a luxury, rest is a completely different physiological state than sleep and is necessary for wellness. When we are stressed, the cause of stress is unimportant to the way in which the body responds. Thereby chronic stressors keep us in "fight or flight", a physical state where all our resources go to the ability to run from or fight a threat. Anything that doesn't have to do with mobility (digestion, reproduction, cellular repair) becomes secondary because the body is ready to run from the predator or fight off the perceived threat. Mental acuity and alertness are increased, as well as muscular tension, heart rate and blood pressure. When we run or fight, the activity cues the body that the threat has passed and hormones return to balanced. Because modern stressors rarely result in either action, our adrenals continue to pump stress hormones. After time, the toll on the body and mind can lead to illness. One antidote to such stress is Restorative Yoga.

    Read more about Restorative Yoga Here

     

    Bhakti Yoga: Kirtan

    Bhakti Yoga is often referred to as the Yoga of devotion and love. The Bhaktis practiced Kirtan, a form of call and response singing/chanting in which the leader offers a melody and mantra and the group calls it back. The repetition of mantra quiets the mundane thoughts of the mind and the music evokes the opening of our hearts. The group (or Satsang) energy is perceivably united and uplifted as the pace of the melody begins to increase and the group falls into the meditative state of mantra repetition. As the rhythm of the music accelerates and the mantra expands our capacity for awareness, joy emanates. The mind is freed of attachments and we merge with the present moment.

     

    "The Bhaktis wrote ecstatic love poems, and went around singing all the time. Their message was simple: Cultivate joy. See the divine in one another. They taught Sanskrit mantras to common people using simple melodies, accompanied by handclaps and finger cymbals and drums. The Bhaktis had no use for orthodoxy. They saw the expression and form of the divine in every direction they looked... intention of chanting is to create an ecstatic state of awareness that is beyond mind. Yoga doesn't ask us to believe, it asks us to practice, examining our experience until we can witness the truth in the book of our own heart. No one else can read it for us, or tell us what it means." - Dave Stringer

  • About LB

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    A Love Story

    The soul has been given its own ears to hear things that the mind does not understand - Rumi

    I came to Yoga because my heart was broken and my mind and body seemed to be following. I found solace in the postures and the moments of bliss wherein the heartbreak did not define my every breath. As hearts do, mine mended with time, but the effects of the practice in my life and consciousness had only begun to unfold.

     

    I was blessed with a genetic predisposition to anxiety, depression, and addiction. My particular way of manifesting this didn't arise until I began to experience hormonal imbalance as a young teen. I clearly remember a social gathering that followed a piano recital when I was 11 or 12 years old. After my performance I kept going back to a plate of cookies because they made me feel so good that I felt I could not get enough. There was a hunger in me that was responding powerfully to those sugar cookies with rainbow sprinkles. Thirty years later I can still almost taste the way they made me feel; momentarily relieved from the physical symptoms of stress. They created a feeling of pleasure that was so overwhelming that I returned to the plate until I felt ashamed about food for the first time in my conscious memory. When the plate was cleared, my belly may have been full but I felt empty.

     

    Through my teens and twenties I managed my weight but the food addiction raged on. At nineteen I was diagnosed with Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) which is now understood to affect 3-5% of menstruating women. PMDD is essentially PMS on steroids. Instead of weepiness there is full blown despair, anxiety manifests as debilitating blood pressure and heart rate spikes, and instead of fatigue there is a complete lack of ability to perform or be interested in normal activities. Then comes the shame for feeling/behaving so unlike ones' self. Most of the symptoms of PMDD are akin to Major Depressive Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. But the symptoms are only present at a particular time in a woman's cycle. I've come to recognize that trying to use "will power" over these hormone fluctuations is like a diabetic trying to use mind power instead of insulin. Less was known or open for discussion when I was younger and I recall a doctor dismissing my experience as "over-diagnosed women's problems". I felt that all other women were bearing the same experiences, but obviously with much greater ease and grace. If I would just take two of these and call him in the morning, everything would be alright. It wasn't.

     

    Enter Yoga. And then every little thing was going to be alright. Except again it wasn't. I was twenty when I first came to the mat and I do believe that even early on, the practice saved my life. Just before completing my undergraduate degree, a marriage proposal was withdrawn by one I held Beloved and a spiritual crisis ensued. I found Yoga and as long as I practiced to the level of intensity of my heart-break and biochemical pendulum swings, I was successful, happy, managing. I started teaching Yoga in 2000, began chanting in 2002, was first registered with Yoga Allliance in 2003. In '04 I spent a month in Thailand training in Tui Na and Thai Yoga Massage. I met my own Yoga teacher, Yogarupa, in 2005 and began his thousand hour Master Teacher Training in Tantric Hatha Yoga. I am deeply honored to be a part of this living lineage of love.

    (www.parayoga.com)

     

    I meditated for years on the soul that I would bring into this lifetime and I brought in a brilliant, fire and light filled little girl. Though my Yoga practice had begun to bloom over the decade before her birth, it did not negate my karma of being the end of a long line of women who, generation after generation, became betrothed to an alcoholic. Eleven weeks into my pregnancy, the man who had overcome so many addictions was overcome by their strength again and by the time she was two years of age debilitated him beyond the strength to be in her life at all as she grows up. Though powerfully painful for her, I stand strong in the knowledge that his absence marks the end of a generational cycle. No longer in our family line do girl children learn from their parents' modeling that it is acceptable for a human to be treated the way in which alcoholics treat their enablers behind closed doors. I pray and trust she will recover from how his addiction required her to grow up without a father.

     

    Shortly after Arya's birth, I returned to my usual regime of hormone supplements to balance my monthly mood swing. The warnings in the package of death due to use of birth control pills are increased for women over 35. I'd seen the folded paper with that warning so many times over the years that I didn't even open them, much less have concern. At Christmastime when Arya was four and I 36, those same little pills that along with Yoga, had balanced my hormones and mood swings, were deemed the cause of a Pulmonary Embolism that did not take my life but afforded me an entirely new perspective.

     

    After the initial years of healing (of dead lung tissue and adhesions in the protein lining around the lungs) my greatest challenge became, once again, balancing my hormones and minimizing the moments that my body confused a stressful event with the need to fight for my life. Early onset peri-menopause came in my late thirties. With all the knowledge and tools I'd collected I was much better prepared to handle the symptoms. Still, I was deep in my own addictions and using food to bring a temporary chemical relief over years had left me nearly one hundred pounds overweight. Enter again despair, self-loathing instead of love, crying jags and daily episodes of increased heart rate, vascular constriction and blood pressure spikes at the threat of something as innocuous as if I remembered to dry the towels, had I returned the call of someone who needed me, had I done enough to be loved?

     

    I'm 40 this year. Perhaps you thought you'd read to the end of this bio and find out how I used Yoga to overcome it all but the story is still being written. My physical health has returned with the release of seventy pounds and my energy came back from the embolism after about three years. At the time of writing this, that was only months ago. Like every spirit, I am still evolving, healing, learning and growing.

     

    I will offer this: over the last two decades of yoga practice I fell in love with myself. Not only as a separate entity but as a drop in the ocean of humanity that I have decided to call kindness. By the grace afforded by the practice, I am not only capable of moving through the obstacles of life but I have the capacity to make a contribution of the well-being of others and the care afforded our planet. Every yoga practice I afford myself, both on and off my mat, add to the beauty and balance of life. In each practice there is an unfolding of my soul and I experience my own healing capacity and learn to love myself as I am today. As I practice I still struggle; some days are harder than others. But every day is a good day, even if some are better. As I grow in the practice I become more and more awake to the divine in everything. This is my light. This is how yoga saved my life and why I am committed to continue serving these teachings by sharing them in an authentic, kind and loving way.

     

    I am honored to share practice with you.

    May All Beings Know Freedom and Happiness.

    Namaste,
    LB

     

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  • Events and Happenings

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    Upcoming Kirtans

    Second Saturday Afternoons at

    Laguna Beach Yoga Works :

    June 10 11:45-12:55pm

    yogaworks.com

    featuring Doug Bretton

    and Seth Pincus

     

    Sunset Seranades in Laguna Beach

    JUNE 23rd: Hatha practice led by

    Courtney Parkyn

    with Live Music

    by LB and Friends

    6:30pm at Treasure Island Park

    (across from YWLB)

    this is a

    ***FREE COMMUNITY CLASS***

    (bring your kids, your friends, or your dog; all are welcome)!

     

    Last Sunday Mornings at

    Huntington Beach Yoga Collective:

    Sunday, June 25 8:30-9:55am

    hbyogacollective.com

     

     

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  • Mission

    The Mission of Kindness Regardless, and all offerings of Yoga with LB, is to cultivate kindness and compassion for self and others. By making accessible an experience of the traditions of yoga, meditation and tantra, students of Yoga with LB can transform and uplift their own lives and those around them. Yoga will not heal you; in the practice of these techniques you will heal yourself. As we cultivate deeper and deeper respect and reverence for our own lives, kindness expands.

     

    Cultural Values

    In alignment with ParaYoga and my teacher YogaRupa, Kindness Regardless and all offerings of Yoga with LB value:

     

    Self-mastery

    We accept that we are responsible for the quality and conditions our life, thus as individuals we seek self-reliance through our actions, speech and thoughts and recognize personal and collective integrity as the foundation for sustainability.

     

    Integrity

    If we live in a way in which we are less fearful, if we have inquired into the nature of Self and recognized its inherent nature as the light of wisdom and compassion, then we act with kindness, love, sustainability, and integrity.

     

    Guardianship

    We draw from a Yoga tradition that is authentic, with a genuine historical lineage, and as part of this lineage we have a responsibility to cherish and nurture the teachings and pass them on with great love and respect.

     

    Empowerment

    Yoga With LB's practices bring to each individual, and to the community, a brighter, more powerful presence.

     

    Compassion

    As we grow in partnership and community, we have a responsibility to act with kindness to one another as well as to cultivate our capacity to be honest, forthcoming, and straightforward with each other.

     

    Love of Life

    We are all enlivened and connected through the joy of being alive. The gift of life is to be savored and shared.

     

    This statement of cultural values was generated and refined by the community of Para Yogis.

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