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Weekend Workshop at Yogaville – Upgrade Your Story!

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Stacy Kamala Waltman’s Weekend Workshop at
Integral Yoga’s – Yogaville in Buckingham, VA

June 22 – 24, 2012

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Upgrade Your Story: Life Coaching and Yoga

To register:
Life Coaching and Yoga – Upgrade Your Story,
engage your inner alchemist ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman



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“Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the
outside world.” ~ Nicola Tesla

The title of my blog post was Is Yoga a Religion or Cult?  The body of the article answered this question yet in the approximately 20 places I posted; only one person actually read the message and responded within the context of the missive.

On the other hand, eleven people replied to the question, Is Yoga a Religion or Cult without reading the content of the blog’s message.  Their answers lead the conversation over to their preferred arena; a particular website or educating me about yoga.

While I am always open to new information, it was clear from their remarks that they did not know the extent of my 30+ year yoga training.  It was simply an opportunity for them to “teach” and apparently they “needed” to teach.  Some call it pontificating, I call it pouncing.  The ancient’s called these reactionary tendencies to blindly respond, samskaras.

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Samskaras are simply a reaction waiting to happen; an auto-pilot.  Samskaras are our tendency to interpret information in a certain way or look at a particular view of the whole while the ego locks on to a small facet and launches a reaction.  Unchecked these behavioral loops of bias repeat and behaviors become more entrenched.  Oh, and by the way, we all have samskaras and most are hidden from view; blind spots.

Sometimes, after much thrashing about, Stress Management Programs like yoga catch our eye and we begin to consider what it would be like to perceive the world with a new lens and respond in a different, non-habitual way.

Yogic Stress Management tools of cultivating awareness, breathing practices, and self-reflection help us de-magnetize the power of our samskaras/tendencies.

The first step in pulling away from samskaras is gaining awareness of these habitual responses.  This in my opinion is nothing short of a miracle.  Often people get to this place after they have tried over and over again to see their blind spots but they miss what they can’t see.  They are able to consider the edges of their periphery but their blind spots are…blind.

Yogic practices to cultivate awareness include but are not limited to: Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, and Life Alignment Coaching.  Each of these programs teaches you how to slow down, take pause and become more aware.

When you take a moment to pause and notice the desire to pounce, check in with yourself and ask, “Have I missed, skipped or ignored something?” or “Am I looking at this situation, person or event with fresh new eyes or dull biased ones?” and “It may be or feel unfamiliar, but I am going to do my best to respond differently to this situation, right now.”

Please enjoy one of my favorite quotes:
“Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of ‘mentation’. You have to be silent, utterly silent, not even a flicker of thought – and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees.” ~ Yogic Wisdom

My thanks to the eleven people who “needed” to teach me about yoga as a result of my previous blog.  It provided us with a worthy topic for discussion.  For those of you who missed the original article, here it is:  Is Yoga a Religion or Cult?

Please share your thoughts on this topic.  It is so lovely when people respond from their own experience in a conscious way.

Here’s my Twitter info if you’d like to join:  YogiKamala

Blessings ~

~ Copyright © 2012 (Stacy Kamala Waltman)

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YOGA, is it a religion or cult?

Q. Is Yoga a religion or cult?


Stacy Kamala Waltman answers:

    “Yoga is a holistic approach to health and balance. It is not associated with any religion although it is spiritual; the practice connects us with our highest and most lighthearted state.

Meditation techniques have been used in many religious traditions: Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. The tools used in a yoga practice include every area of one’s life including healthy food choices, reverence for the Divine, flexibility in mind and body and deep connection to the breath. When all areas of our lives are in balance we tend to be truly happy, healthy and more loving to ourselves and others.” ~ SKW

“I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself a
Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Jew.

The truth has shared so much of Itself with me that I can no longer
call myself a man, a woman, and angel or even pure Soul.

Love has befriended Hafiz so completely. It has turned to ash
and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known.” ~ Hafiz


Kamala Yoga:  www.kamalayoga.com


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Professional Life Coach and advanced Yoga teacher Stacy Kamala Waltman will lead you on this journey, using visualization, asana, various concentration and meditation techniques, and her expert insights and skilled guidance.

Kamala has been studying yoga for over 30 years and is RYT500 certified.  For more information and to register, please visit:  Yogaville Workshops.


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 Kamala as the lotus flower

Lotus Nectar

Author:  Stacy Kamala Waltman

My intention for the week was to feel replenished and to fill up my depleted reserves with the juice of the universe so that when I coached and as I lived, I would be of service rather than just going through motions, half asleep. 

Invitations to do other things tempted; a trip here, a party there but I was determined to re-claim my strength and fill up with nectar by hibernating like a winter bear.

When juicy – full of life – I am more courageous – more eccentric and self directed, lighthearted, authentic, clear headed, kind, inspiring and fun. 

Self management, quieting the mind with the ability to manage my biases and predispositions enabling me to really listen and capture nuances is easier when I’m “full of it”.  Authentic with nectar in a chalice overflowing, filled to the brim with juice. 

The much anticipated week would consist of fasting, walking, meditating, sleeping and reading.  How delicious it would be to sink into hushed time – turning down the mind and turning up the quiet.  It would be a treat to take a respite from activity.

We can spend whole days, weeks and even months not touching the actual earth.  In shoes and on concrete, in buildings and in cars, on asphalt and watching television, the connection of our bodies to the raw dirt and the hum of earth’s pulse remain shrouded.

The week began chilly and beginning my fast made me even colder.  Sleep was the best I could do – deep rich luxurious sleep and an occasional meditation or two.  The IPod vibrating a tamboura’s hum very softly in the background, day and night as it always does, reminding me of our primordial sound.

My energy slowly returned with the sun after a couple of days as a bear and I embarked on a most luscious trail, walking – barefoot (as any bear would) – the ground warm.  Sometimes velvety, sometimes sandy, here it is gravely, there it’s damp – the earth presented itself differently every few feet. 

Contributing to a mosaic of beauty that is whimsical, each traveler on this road has left their footprints and some have also left beautiful rock art creations.  Different shapes, styles, stones and textures add a gauzy breath of air to the sage infused smells all around. 

Some are perfectly smooth rock; some are covered with sparkles, multi colored stones with intricate patterns and some are wonderfully opaque.  Large, small, jagged and round they are all so varied it is hard to imagine that they all come from this one area.  Awful!  (Look up the meaning of this word)

Hummingbirds darting so tiny and magnificent with their winged hum providing a backdrop of bird song cadences.  So utterly beautiful and powerful in its sweetness and I gave thanks to God. 

Noticing that this walk was not a work out – it was more important than that, it was a walk of joy.

What do you give God in return for all of the goodness she gives?  God is and has everything.  What do you give this entity that has everything?


I can give thanks and in the full feeling of thankfulness and the complete allowing and receiving of this divine energy, I am honoring God. 

Giving thanks.  Thanks Giving.  That is what I can give.



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A Bridge

1.  The Gift of a Compliment:  A simple and sincere, “You look happy!”, “You radiate kindness!”, “That meal was delicious!, “I love laughing with you!”, “You make me smile”, “I noticed the amount of effort and care you put into our meal” ~ find a way to give the gift of a compliment, it can make someone’s day.

2.  The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition:  The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word or gesture to someone.  Look for the positive in every situation.  Give someone the benefit of the doubt.

3.  The Gift of a Written  Note:  It can be a simple, “Thanks for the help!” note, a full sonnet or a meaningful remembrance.  A brief, handwritten note from you may be cherished for a lifetime.

4.  The Gift of Seeing Someone in their Highest and Best Light:  Noticing when someone is doing something right, kind, helpful, thoughtful, selfless, or simply seeing them in this way in spite of evidence to the contrary, can add enormous benefit to a person’s well being.

5.  The Gift of Prayer:  Sending loving and healing prayers to the Divine for someone else’s benefit can heal in spite of physical, mental or emotional distance.

6.  The Gift of Laughter:  Clip cartoons. Share funny stories, books and movies to add lightheartedness to the lives of everyone involved.

7.  The Gift of Affection:  Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, handholding, caressing, stroking and reaching out to another.  These small actions demonstrate your love for family and friends.

8.  The Gift of Listening:  Really listen.  Resist interrupting, don’t daydream, don’t plan a retort or response.  Just listen and be fully present.  When we have this undivided and nurturing attention from another we feel seen.

9.  The Gift of Solitude:  There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude without taking it personally.

10.  The Gift of a Favor:  Either ask what you can for someone to ease their day or simply open the door for the person entering a store and let them go in before you.  Give up your seat on the bus to someone who looks tired.  Decide to cull your closet of the items you don’t use, let go of items that bring up bad memories for you and donate them to charity.  Shovel snow off of your neighbors sidewalk or offer to mow their lawn.

11.  The Gift of Reading Aloud:  Gather your friends and/or family by the fire and take turns reading a story to one another.  Enjoy the give and take of being animated while reading and then sinking into comfort while its your turn to listen.

12.  Do Something Random and Kind for a Stranger:  Decide not to fight about who’s “owns” the lane on the freeway, just let the car next to you pass easily.  Flash your headlights to let them know it is safe.

 I would love to have you add to this list. 
Please contribute your thoughts about other priceless gifts we can give to one another for FREE!

Happy Holidays!

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The Bend Bulletin newspaper has premiered it’s new “U Magazine” and in its first publication has quoted several Life and Business Coaches, including me in the article, “Saving Me Time During the Holidays”.

Please enjoy: Bend Bulletin Article

Take care and slow down ~ especially during the holiday’s.


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