SY has to compete with this...and it should.

From: "jagbir singh" <>
Date: Mon Aug 15, 2005  12:08 pm
Subject: SY has to compete with this...and it should.

--- In, "jagbir singh"
<adishakti_org@y...> wrote:
> For the past two weeks I have been able to meditate and reflect
> deeply on this issue as my computer went for a major repair. Those
> able to do the same will reach a level of awareness, joy and bliss
> as how the Paramchaitanya is working out the spread of the Divine
> Message. The only thing i can say with absolute conviction is that
> it is the Great News of the Divine Message to humanity, not Sahaja
> Yoga, that will gather strength in future and spread. i know many
> SYs will react against such a statement but please refrain. All
> you need is to climb higher up the mountain and confirm the same
> point of view. And when you are able to see so many management-
> controlled SYs walking around aimlessly on the plateau far below
> you will never look back again. You will be convinced in heart,
> mind and soul that you have truly lived to the highest standard
> and understanding of Shri Mataji's Original Vision, Mission &
> Message.

Note: i want to thank Sukamoga for her timely post below that
confirms what i am talking about.

What reason is there for council members to give its blessings to
its trademark innovation of Corporate Meditation when there is
already Sahaja Yoga? Is it any wonder that WCASY has edited out the
Divine Message on official websites if not to induce visitors into
thinking Sahaja Yoga is one of the 1001 recognized yoga schools in

Sukamoga says that "SY has to compete with this...and it should." i
am telling her that SY is already competing with other types of yoga
and, reaping what the management-controlled rank and file SYs have
sown with dishonesty, deservingly reaping an abysmally poor harvest
despite decades of tilling ............... and it should. As Shri
Mataji has said, only Truth will triumph and overcome all obstacles.



From: "sukamoga" <sukamoga@...>
Date: Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:07 pm
Subject: SY has to compete with this...and it should.

The following is excerpted from a NY Times story that appeared on
July 24, 2005. Anyone care to speculate on what SY will do to

KATIE ANDERSON is not someone you'd call a yoga-head. A 34-year-old
mother of two, she has taken classes off and on for years, most
recently at her gym in Oxford, Miss. But she never considered going
away to an ashram, which she thought of as ''something for earthy
types'' who were willing to put up with bare-bones accommodations.
Then Mrs. Anderson read about a yoga-and-chocolate retreat that was
to take place at the Camino Real in Oaxaca, Mexico, and decided she
had to go. ''I love chocolate, and I wanted to practice my Spanish,''
said Mrs. Anderson, who went on the seven-day trip last October
organized by Katrina Markoff, the Chicago chocolatier and founder of
Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and David Romanelli, co-owner of a chain of
Arizona yoga studios.

In the mornings Mr. Romanelli led guests through vinyasa sequences in
a grassy courtyard, after which Ms. Markoff doled out a treat based
on the day's chakra (or spiritual source of energy). ''We went to
markets and ruins during the day and got chocolates on our pillows at
night,'' said Mrs. Anderson. ''It was fantastic.''

Cancel that crane pose. Today it's the yoga retreats themselves that
are going through contortions. Just as the number of Americans doing
yoga has exploded -- a Yoga Journal survey published in February put
it at 16.5 million, up 43 percent from 2002 -- so, too, have the ways
travelers can take it on the road. With registration up at retreat
centers, and yoga conferences selling out, mainstream properties have
decided they want a piece of the $3 billion yoga industry. Resorts,
spas and cruise ships have added morning sun salutation classes to
their fitness menus, and many are promoting special yoga weekends and
weeks. The Hilton and Kimpton hotel chains provide yoga mats and
straps for use in guest rooms, and Marriott's Renaissance ClubSport
in Walnut Creek, Calif., the first in a new group of health-oriented
hotels, has yoga sessions for kids.

The offerings range from the purist (like that at traditional retreat
centers) to the cursory (some resort classes wrap up in 30 minutes)
to the opportunist (getting a marquee teacher to fill a Mexican
resort in the dog days of August).

By 2007, Hyatt expects to increase its earnings from yoga classes to
more than $1 million from around $200,000, thanks to a new revenue-
sharing deal with Yoga Away, a Denver company that will offer its
branded program to Hyatt guests. Introduced at the Hyatt Regency
Scottsdale Resort and Spa this month and scheduled to roll out at 22
other properties over the next nine months, the Yoga Away program
includes in-room TV instruction in addition to regularly scheduled
classes, private sessions and occasional three-day getaways. The
program is said to be specifically designed to address the ails of
travelers. (Tied in a knot from a three-hour flight? Click on the on-
command ''Feeling Great Again -- Flexibility'' workout, which
emphasizes stretching.) ''It's value-added for guests,'' said Gordon
Tareta, global director of spas for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Companies that organize yoga retreats have also upped the ante,
pairing a Hindu discipline that originated in India anywhere from
2,000 to 5,000 years ago (depending on what authority is consulted)
with everything from surfing to snowboarding. Some insiders are
appalled at what's being offered in the name of this ancient
spiritual and physical practice (''Yoga and chocolate? God forbid!''
exclaimed Nancy Lunney-Wheeler, executive director of programming at
the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, Calif., which has taught yoga for
more than four decades).

*******Article sidebar


The latest hybrid retreats let you have your yoga and your vacation,
too. Here is a sampling of combo deals.

Yoga and Surfing, Aug. 12 to 14, Montauk, N.Y., offered by Sonic
Yoga; (212) 397-6344; The New York-based company,
which has been doing surfing-and-yoga retreats in Montauk for four
years, now also offers them in Mexico and Costa Rica. Lauren Hanna,
vinyasa flow teacher and co-director of Sonic Yoga, who leads the
retreat with Twee Merrigan, says the activities are
similar: ''There's the fluid style of movement and breath and the
fluid power of the wave.'' Rates: $300 for the yoga and surfing
program in Montauk and $75 for yoga only (neither includes food and
lodging); Mexico and Costa Rica range from $1,200 to $2,000, based on
double occupancy, with food and lodging.

Yoga and Cooking, Oct. 20 to 23, Ojai Retreat Center, Ojai, Calif.,
offered by Yoga Works; (310) 664-6470, ext. 117;
Jennifer Stevens, a chef certified by the Natural Gourmet Cookery
School in New York, gives lessons in vegetarian cooking, and Sarah
Bell, a Yoga Works instructor, provides yoga classes in the morning
and late afternoon. At midday, participants can hike in the Angeles
National Forest, stroll around artsy Ojai, relax by the pool or get a
massage. ''The body can only take so much yoga,'' said Sky Meltzer,
director of programming at Yoga Works. Rates start at $665 a person,
single occupancy, and include food and accommodations.

Yoga and Surfing, Nov. 20 to 26, Villa Amor, Sayulita, Mexico,
offered by Via Yoga; (800) 603-9642; Yoga is taught
by Scott Blossom, a Santa Barbara instructor who is also a
surfer. ''We get couples where the husband or wife just does the
surfing,'' said Kelly Kemp, co-founder of Via Yoga. Rates: $1,995 a
person, double occupancy; $1,795 if prepaid 90 days in advance.

Yoga and Snowboarding, Jan. 2 to 5, 2006, Vail, Colo., offered by
ReTreat Yourself, (800) 475-4543; Led by
Barrett Christy, a leading snowboarder, and yoga instructors from
Yoga for Athletes, the retreat provides twice-daily yoga classes, one
before and one after hitting the slopes. Day 3 of the retreat is
devoted to a snowshoe expedition at Beaver Creek. Rate: $799 (does
not include hotel).

Yoga and Birding, Jan. 7 to 14, 2006, Hotel Lagunita, Yelapa, Mexico;, offered by Yelapa Yoga; (509) 667-1339 after
Oct. 1; yogabirds2004@.... Participants sleep in thatched-roof
huts, do vinyasa yoga under the direction of Judith Roth, and go on
walks with Cody Wahto Sontag, a birder, where they might see russet-
crowned motmots and military macaws. Hilary Swank joined the group
for yoga and birding last year. Rates: $1,195 a person, double
occupancy; $1,050 if paid by Sept.15.

Yoga and Chocolate. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is planning weekend yoga and
chocolate workshops in various studios around the country this year.
For information on locations and prices, call (888) 301-9866 or see



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