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The Components of a Yogic Lifestyle: a 4-week MWC course with Charu

Yoga Sutras

This 4-week course is based on Lama Marut’s translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Yoga Sutras are the foundational text of all the yoga traditions of India and are key to understanding the purpose of yoga. We will go through verses from all four chapters to understand the workings of our mind, the eight limbs of yoga and the path to realisation.

Mondays 7, 14, 21 & 28 August 2017
7pm – 8.30pm
51B, Temple Street, 2nd floor, Chinatown (S) 58596
$15/ class or $50 for all 4 classes​

Please note that as we have not met the minimum number of signups required, this Yoga Sutras course will be postponed to a later date.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

#49_August 2016 – Lama Marut & Cindy in Singapore 17th to 23rd October

marut and cindy

Lama Marut & Cindy Lee
in Singapore
17th to 23rd October 2016

17th to 19th October 7.30pm to 9pm
(Save the Date …..Details coming)

21st to 23rd October – The Spectrum of Yoga at PURE Yoga
Yoga is much more than physical exercise – it is a way of life. This weekend workshop will cover the main practices that will help practitioners integrate the full spectrum of yoga into every aspect of daily life.
Complimentary Session – Friday, 21 Oct
7pm-8.30pm: The Meaning, Purpose and Method of Yoga
Session 1 – Saturday, 22 Oct
10am-12pm: Karma Yoga: Ethical Living and Egoless Action
Session 2 – Saturday, 22 Oct
2pm-4pm: Yoga of the Heart: Bhakti, Guru, and Deity Yoga
Session 3 – Sunday, 23 Oct
10am-12pm: The Yoga of Wisdom
Session 4 – Sunday, 23 Oct
2pm-4pm: The Yoga of Sound

Venue:
Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View
#06-02 Singapore 018961

PURE Yoga is offering a 20% early bird discount (ends 30 September).
click here for more details.
Book through ASC (info@asc-sg.org) to get an additional 10% off

Final thoughts

“If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true.”
~Shunryu Suzuki

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#47_May 2016 – Take a Break

Take a Break.

….before you have to. For some reason holding down two jobs, doing charity work helping small businesses, managing a household and planning an international move was not enough of a signal to clear some space for some inner work.
There are times when stretching yourself with multiple challenges leads to great breakthroughs, whether in knowledge, understanding or the sense of wholeness that comes through helping someone else achieve their goals. Other times you may be filling your time, running about being ‘busy busy’ because you are avoiding being with yourself, being quiet; facing the reality of who you really are in that moment.
For me, during those few months when one year ends and another begins – in this case 2016 – I was transitioning from being in one country to moving to another, physically and mentally. I became disconnected and distracted by to-do lists rather than taking time to honour the momentum of this change. In the past, if I didn’t find space for myself, events would force it on me.
This time the first whisper was when I fell down a very long flight of stone steps at the new Art Museum on the Padang. I apologise for scaring everyone in the ticket hall who had to witness my messy tumble. Other than severe bruises and a chipped elbow, I was fine.
Did I listen? The louder klaxon came early in January when I turned my ankle and broke it. So now, no choice; I had to take a break. Literally. I recognised the situation that had been created by my actions immediately whilst waiting for the x-ray, and laughed. Don’t wait for the whisper, take that break.

Susan

Final Thoughts

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once amongst the things you only hoped for.”
~ Epicurus

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#46_April 2016 – Unplug.

Unplug.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us live like this our whole lives and we often end up feeling tired, bored, restless, frustrated, hopeless or helpless. If this sounds familiar to you, it might be a good time to unplug and go on retreat.

Spiritual retreats allow us to take time for ourselves; rest the body, work the kinks out of our system through yoga, sit in meditation to settle the mind and reflect clearly, and finally reload with good dose of spiritual teachings. This is just what we do at our retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee every year. This year’s teachings aim to awaken us to our Buddha nature by learning how to work with anger, pride, jealousy, desire and ignorance – five common hindrances that prevent us from being our true self and living the life we want to lead.

There will be daily kirtan and a drawing workshop to let our creative juices flow and transformation take place. We also get 4 hours of free time each day to relax by the beach, soak in the sun and sea. With accommodation and all food taken care of, there is really nothing to stop us from discovering what’s really important to us and reflecting on what’s really going on in our life. For more details and itinerary, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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The Problem, the Cause, the Goal and the Solution: a 4-week course with Charu Ramesh

June MWCThis four-class MWC course is designed by Lama Marut and lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path. It explores the basis of the discontent that lies beneath the surface of all our lives, leading us through the reasons for it and the path out of it, outlining a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.

The structure of the sessions is as follows:

  1. Session 1 – The seesaw of happiness and dissatisfaction (June 6)
  2. Session 2 – The cause of the ups and downs (June 13)
  3. Session 3 – Ending the cycle (June 20)
  4. Session 4 – The path to happiness (June 27)

To really understand and be able to put these teachings into practice, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.

Date:  Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown, 
​Singapore ​

Cost: By donation. Suggested donation – SGD 10.

Please register by filling in the form below. For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.org.


About the teacher:

Charu Ramesh practices as a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She teaches dharma classes for ASC and also offers regular classes with TheStillSpace.org. She helps people work with relationships, transitions and the issues that life keeps throwing at all of us. The main thread that runs through her work is empowering people by helping them take responsibility for their lives.


 

#44_February 2016 – The one you Feed

feeding wolf

The one you Feed

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final thoughts

“Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.”
~ Eknath Easwaran

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Mindful Living, with Charu Ramesh: a 4-week Middle Way Center course in March

Mindful Living

This 4-week course will guide us in incorporating mindfulness into our lives. The course is designed by Lama Marut, based on his translations of various texts like Buddha’s Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Kamalashila’s Bhavana Krama, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

The sessions will explore teachings from these texts and include practical exercises on how we can use these teachings to lead a more mindful life. The structure of the sessions is as follows:

  1. Session 1 – Moving towards a mindful lifestyle
  2. Session 2 – What is mindfulness and how to cultivate it
  3. Session 3 – Understanding and working with the mind and thoughts
  4. Session 4 – Translating mindfulness into action

While each session in itself will give an idea of mindfulness, for a complete understanding of working with it in daily life, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.

Date:  Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost: By donation
Please register by filling in the form below. 
For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.org.


About the teacher:

Charu Ramesh practices as a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She has studied Buddhist Psychology with Caroline and David Brazier and teaches regular dharma classes for ASC. She helps people work with relationships, transitions and the issues that life keeps throwing at all of us. The main thread that runs through her work is empowering people by helping them take responsibility for their lives.


 

 

#40 October 2015 – Register today for Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s classes

marut and cindy

“Get Unbusy”
This is set of 4 classes where we learn how to regain true peace in our modern era of constant activity and busy-ness. Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will teach us what it means to “get unbusy” and feel a greater sense of calm while fulfilling our responsibilities and living our daily lives.
Date: Friday 23rd October 7pm-9pm
Saturday 24th October 3pm-5pm | 7pm to 9pm
Sunday 25th October 3pm-5pm
Venue: Oasis Holistic
Blk 10 Oasis Holistic #01-50 Selegie House Selegie Road S(180010)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register  info@asc-sg.org
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“From Victimhood to Mastery”
Join us for this teaching on the ways we can apply insight to our personal stories, narratives and self-image. Learn techniques for changing our perception of ourselves and the world so that we can live happier, more contented lives.
Date: Tuesday 27th October 7pm-9pm
Venue: Cocoon Studio
315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building S(169074)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register info@asc-sg.org
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“Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life”
The Relationship between Shiva and Shakti in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Join Lama Marut and Cindy Lee for this weekend workshop to learn simple meditation techniques, taken from a classic Sanskrit text, to discover your inner Divine nature. In each session we will practise easy but profound mindfulness methods to instantly drop into your true nature any time and anywhere during the day. We will also offer instruction on formal seated meditation in order to consolidate the blissful experience of communing with the Divine within in order to make it stable and long-lasting.

Session I: Encountering the Divine, Here and Now
30 Oct (Fri): 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Session II: Meeting the Divine Directly: Yoga and the Discovery of Your True Nature
31 Oct (Sat)10:00am-12:00pm
Session III: The Yoga of Sound: Finding the Divine in Mantra, Music, and Speech
31 Oct (Sat): 2:00pm-4:00pm
Session IV: Freeing Yourself from Conceptual Thinking: Locating the Divine in Emptiness
1 Nov (Sun): 10:00am-12:00pm
Session V: The Divine is Always Everywhere: Realising the Sacred in Everyday Activities
1 Nov (Sun): 2:00pm4:00pm
Click here Pure Yoga website for registration and cost details.
(Early Bird prices end today, register now!)

Final Thoughts

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom”.

~ The Buddha

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#39_September 2015 – Recharge Your Practice

waterfall

 

Recharge Your Practice

Sometimes we lose sight of our practice, we start to become restless, confusion creeps in and soon, doubt starts to knock on our door. Suddenly life just doesn’t seem quite right. It feels like we are searching for something but we can’t quite put our finger on it. One of the antidotes for restlessness and doubt is an inspiring dharma talk. Invigorating and refreshing, a talk could help re-ignite your practice.

Please allow us to warmly invite you to one or all of Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s talks.

23-25 October for 4 classes of “Get Unbusy” at Oasis Holistic
27th October “From Victimhood to Mastery” at Cocoon Studio
30th October to 1st November “Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life” at Pure Yoga

Hope to see you there!

The ASC Team

 

Final Thoughts

 I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

“Regrets of the Dying” ~ Bronnie Ware

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#37_July 2015 – Wisdom 0.15

calm-ocean

Wisdom 0.15

Nearly two weeks ago, I attended the Wisdom Asia 2.0 conference here in Singapore, organised by the effervescent Tan Chade Meng, who is Google’s Jollygoodfellow (it’s his real job title). He believes that through teaching mindfulness, businesses can become more ethical, more compassionate and wiser. And he enticed a lot of the big names of mindfulness such as Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel to share their vision and ideas here. Over and over again at the conference, we heard that all the beautiful ideas they presented will just remain words unless people try them out, practice them and experience a difference in their lives. And of course, we all nodded sagely and with conviction.Cut to last night, when I had a splitting  headache and had already taken quite a bit of pain medication. I was fully caught up in the ‘poor me-ness’ of the situation and sulking about how I was going to put up with my throbbing head until I remembered that I actually had other tools at my disposal – mindfulness! Oh yes, that thing I spent 3 days hearing about. Rather reluctantly, I tried a practice where instead of focusing on the pain, with gentle curiosity, you search the rest of your body for places where there isn’t pain and take time to explore what they feel like. My left thigh felt ok, so I decided to focus on that for a while, until low and behold, I woke up two hours later with my headache gone! So perhaps in my case, this is more like wisdom 0.15 rather than 2.0 but I can say with conviction that even reluctant mindfulness is better than none at all! May all be happy, healthy and wise!

Jaki

 

A Final Thought

Seeing reality for what it is, is what we call discernment.  The work of discernment is very hard.

~ Lewis B. Smedes

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