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Can We Keep It Real?

We currently live in a very power hungry, ego-driven, illusion-based and overindulgent in consumerism world. Sadly, this only seems to be getting worse. I have been watching several psychology studies over the last few years that confirm a rise in sociopathy in America  – with a vast increase in anti-social behavior in our children. I believe that this is a natural survival extension of our world’s twisted paradigm, as well as in part to how we now tend to communicate with each other (via text, email, social media, etc.). We no longer have to be as responsible for our feelings and actions, or care about how someone else feels.

 I was really devastated with the passing of Robin Williams, like most of you, and at how he took his own life. It hit me in a very profound way. Is our culture elbowing out those who care, who feel and who reach out their hand to help others? It is a rare event in itself that we were able to witness such a true, pure, (bleeding) heart as we saw in Robin Williams. He had so much love, and every action that he took was to make someone else feel better. How amazing is that?! Whether it was his past drug and alcohol abuse that expanded his awareness, or deeper childhood wounds driving him to understand the flaws of society, it is clear that he could see straight through the illusions of the world, especially the illusions of Hollywood that he refused to cloak himself with. Not many can understand such realities, let alone express them so hilariously as he did.

The increased violence in Syria, Iraq, Isreal, Africa and many other places throughout the world is alarming and discouraging. In my opinion, these jihads are not attracted to the religious aspect of being Muslim, they are angry individuals who are attracted to the misinterpreted violence. They are fueled, no doubt, by many things, with “Hollywoodism,” being one, so they say. I don’t think that they understand the incredible illusion of Hollywood, and they (believing the world of the “Rich and Famous”) feel deprived, left-out, “less-than.” It feels like an argument that spun from a non-verbal text misunderstanding – you know the kind, right? Where an argument arose out of misperception? Where both parties clung to their own assumptions and created a war from nothing? Except now these jihad’s misperceptions and subsequent feelings of alienation have a vengeance and a mission of their own. You and I know a little differently.

 Personally, from having met a few celebrities in my day, I know that they are no different than the rest of us – in fact, I tend to feel more sorry for them when almost inevitably they begin to believe their own illusions, because it is then that they risk losing a chance at true self-actualization. What I love about the surge in talent-search reality shows is that we see how much true talent there is in the world. And anyone can be a “celebrity,” for which talent is not required. Being based in Los Angeles, I teach many celebrities purely because that is where I live and work. Aside from a few that I have met and worked with, they tend to have deeper insecurities, fears and anxieties than most people I know (we all have them, but pretending that we don’t feeds the realm of illusion). I have also been able to witness first-hand their “team” – whose sole job is to assure that their moments in front of the camera tell a different story, one that can be marketed and profited from. They are made-up, styled, rehearsed, staged, pre-recorded, photo-shopped, audio-tuned, tweeked, nipped and tucked to present their illusion. Doesn’t that sound awful?

As many of you know, I studied child development in college, and I can’t help but wish that children all over the world had the opportunities to self-realization. My heart breaks seeing children lying murdered in the streets, and their potential stolen from them. We do not have a choice if we want to avoid more global suffering. Our planet cannot sustain so much greed and violence, and our societies will be negatively compromised. We have to return to what is real and natural.

In light of the increased violence in the world today, I felt it fitting to add a weekly Pray It Forward in all of our represented cities. The world needs peace, and we cannot sit back helplessly watching so much violence. We are part of the energetic fibers of this world and we can make a positive change.

AZIAM Yoga  has now added free Pray It Forward meditation classes with all of our current CLK Yoga – Pay It Forward  instructors. If you would like to be part of our movement, please email info@clkyoga.com. Some instructors teach once a month, others once a week. The yoga is free, our guests Pay It Forward with a sincere act of kindness.

I have added SUNDAY’s at 7pm – Palisades Park in Santa Monica for our (free) Pray It Forward Meditation for Peace offerings.

 ‪#‎PrayItForward‬

 

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Energizing Summer Salad

Here is a delicious Summer Salad recipe to add to your favorites! Loaded with health enhancing properties and with a vegan or non-vegan (chicken) option, this is sure to delight you and your guests with the perfect blend of tastes and feel-good effect!

  • 1 lb Organic Baked chicken breast (chopped) *optional*
  • 1 Organic Cucumber diced
  • 1 Organic Avocado diced
  • 1 pint of Organic Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 4-5 Leaves Organic Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon melted Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider vinegar.
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Raw local honey to taste (optional)
  • Lots of love and good energy

1. Combine chicken, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl mix balsamic vinegar, coconut oil, and apple cider to make a dressing.
3. Pour dressing in mixing bowl with chicken and veggies.
4. Mix in basil leaves, honey, and sea salt to taste.
5. Add in lots of love energy and gratitude!

Health Benefits from this Recipe

Basil: Reduces inflammation and swelling. Anti-aging properties.
Tomatoes: Rich in antioxidants. Antimicrobial properties.
Avocado: Rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Antifungal properties. 

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Balance Your Life With Yoga

One of the most challenging aspects of life is finding balance. Especially in today’s fast-paced world, we’re often being pulled in several directions at once. The distractions and duties required of our lives leaves both our bodies and our minds unstable. Luckily, yoga creates awareness within us, can allow us to gain mindfulness, and builds the skills needed to achieve balance. It doesn’t matter if you practice yoga in the comfort of your home as a beginner, or immerse yourself in a deep study at a yoga retreat, if you’re hoping to achieve this balance, think about the following advice during your yoga sessions.

  • Take the Leap

Balancing demands a leap of faith. In order to face the challenges of everyday life, you must push beyond your limits. This practice of testing the status quo is mirrored in yoga. During every yoga session, you extend your body past what you thought was possible. As you challenge your status quo in class, you gain the confidence to do the same in everyday life. Yoga equips you with the tools necessary to take the leap of faith that true balance requires.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Fall

Both in yoga and in life, sustaining a healthy balance requires letting go as much as it does maintaining control. You can’t be afraid to fall off the cliff. Once you have taken the leap of faith, don’t look back or become nervous. In yoga, if you clench every muscle, you’re actually more likely to fall over. Let go, and embrace the discomfort. Similarly, in life, you cannot be afraid to fail. Persevere. More often than not, the effort put into either your pose or your daily duties means more than success. Plus, even if you do not succeed, each attempt will place you closer to your goal. The courage necessary to fail reminds us that things in the present are worth our while. Falling and failing is a part of life. Don’t be afraid to near it in any realm of your life.

  • Be Present

The whole purpose of yoga is to be with yourself, regardless of your state of mind. Keep your eyes focused on a single object, whether it’s a spot on the floor as you stand in tree pose or the grocery list you need to knock off of your to-do list. Practicing yoga every day can give you the peace of mind necessary to make self-care a priority and to undertake distractions and commitments with ease. Accept whatever comes to you in life, and don’t get upset with yourself if things go awry. Keep a clear mind, and do all that you can to accomplish what needs to be done.

Aside from physically adjusting your body from the imbalances unequal pressure creates, yoga mimics life. The poses we move through mirror the phases of life. Even as we twist and bend, just as we do in life, we are encourage to breathe, to embrace the pain, and to make adjustments when necessary.