Yoga Classes

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Free Yoga-Meditation Classes

FREE YOGA CLASSES AND INSTRUCTION IN MEDITATION

Learn to:
1. Increase mental power for more effective study.
2. Increase health, longevity and resistance to sickness.
3. Attain inner happiness and a stress-free environment.
4. Restore emotional harmony.
5. Tap into your inner mental potential for increased creativity, and a problem-solving capacity.

Schedule for Spring Semester 2010 Semester: All Classes @ University Center upper lavel

• February 3 Wed. 5:00pm to 6:00pm Red River
• February 5 Friday . 5:00pm to 6:00pm Red River
• February 10 Wed. 5:00pm to 6:00pm Red River
• February 17 Wed. 5:00pm to 6:00pm San Saba
• Febrary 19 Friday 5:00pm to 6:00pm Red River
• Febrary 24 Wed. 5:00pm to 6:00pm Red River
• March 3 Wed.5:00pm to 6:00pm San Jacinto/ Neches

Yoga: A journey within

Yoga: A journey within
NLC student club teaches art free
By Shambhu Sharan

Inner odyssey begins with the physical body – in fact, the body is the vehicle for the journey.

The complex symphony of the body is conducted by a system of glands known as endocrine glands, which secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones have a profound effect on all the body functions – growth, digestion, energy level, heat, metabolism, sexuality, and also on the mind. Over or under secretion of various glands can cause mental disturbances and negative emotions such as anxiety, hatred, fear or anger, which destroy peace of mind.

The most mysterious gland in the human body is the pineal gland, located directly in the center of the brain. Yogis recognized the tremendous importance of this tiny, mushroom-shaped gland, which they called “the place of soul” and “controller of thought.”

Long ago, underdeveloped creatures such as lizards had a third eye in the top of their heads. Gradually, over millions of years of evolution, this ‘eye’ descended into the brain, and became the pineal gland in the human beings.

Scientists found that the pineal gland secretes certain hormones ,which affect all the lower glands and sub-glands. For centuries yogis have realized the proper balance of the hormonal secretions for the control of the mind., and they developed a series of yoga positions designed specifically to affect the endocrine glands.

The physical body is made of food which is the vehicle of mind. The fundamental awareness of spiritual development is the realization, “I am not this physical body.” Thus physical body is a machine and the conscious mind is the controller.

Making a difference

Making a difference
By Glen Sovian
Staff Writer

Day in and day out, first at the Dallas Convention Center and then at Reunion Arena, a bearded man dressed in a characteristically simple, orange-colored outfit and a turban volunteered his time. He was among the most recognizable of volunteers who were handing out fruit drinks and canned food on a daily basis to the Hurricane Katrina victims in Dallas.

He is North Lake student Shambhu Sharan.

More affectionately known as Dada Shubha Cetanananda, Sharan is the president of Renaissance Universal Yoga and Meditation Club at North Lake. On a larger scale, he is also the president of Ananda Marga Dallas Region.

Ananda Marga is a worldwide organization dedicated to dharma (righteousness) and social service by providing services to those in need.

“Since my childhood, I have become used to doing service relief work to help people who suffer from natural calamities or disasters in India,” said Sharan, an international student from India.

The organization has responded to natural and man-made disasters in every continent of the world by providing aid to the victims of earthquakes, fires, droughts, famine and war, including the recent devastation from the tsunami in Asia and now the agony of the Hurricane Katrina. Sharan seeks out those who are in greatest need, even if it means putting himself in discomfort or working long hours.

“I volunteered every day for five to six hours in the weekdays and up to 10 hours in the weekends,” added the freshman, who is interested in peace studies.

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