understand through compassion or you misunderstand the times

“Understand through compassion or you misunderstand the times.”

        ~Yogi Bhajan

The sutra above is one of 5 that Yogi Bhajan shared with us to guide us through the Aquarian age. This year, 2016, the global sadhana (practice) is devoted to this sutra, the 4



Clearly, this sutra is incredibly timely. From the degradation of earth and atmosphere to the unending flow of Syrian refugees, from the debacle of American politics to North Carolina’s recent House Bill 2, compassion is our only way forward.

To be compassionate is to allow our minds to be guided by our hearts, to allow our perspective to be ever informed by love. If it were as easy to practice as it is to write, the world would be a profoundly different place. As it is, the practice of compassion involves serious commitment, a relationship between head and heart and reconciliation between thought and deed.

This sutra is a bridge, a channel from what we have been to what we must be if we are to be the light. Compassion implies a singular relating to a whole, a core way of being, and a constant remembrance. Committing to compassion means that we will bow our head to our heart in any given situation so that our heart may rule.

To live this sutra, to take the guidance of this sutra is to experience oneness. Join me for our next curriculum, a 9 week series to support body, mind and soul in perceiving another way to be, another way to relate, to ourselves, each other and the world.

Offered: Mondays 10:00 am & Thursdays 7:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center and Fridays 8:45 am at West Asheville Yoga Center.

Week 1: 5/2, 5, 6     Pituitary & the neurobiology of Compassion

Week 2: 5/9, 12, 13         The Sun shines on all of us

Week 3: 5/16, 19, 20       This body is beautiful

Week 4: 5/23, 26, 27       Apana & the art of letting go

Week 5: 5/30, 6/2, 3       Release, no room for fear

Week 6: 6/6, 9, 10           Balance, as Compassion

Week 7: 6/13, 16, 17       Synchronization, as Compassion

Week 8: 6/20, 23, 24       The head & the heart

Week 9: 6/27, 30 7/1      Infinity is a foundation

Come or don’t come ~ no need to RSVP ~ there is always room for you, always space held with love. It is an honor & a privilege to share these teachings.

Always with so much love, Sierra

meditation for the embodiment of the 3rd sutra

here you will find support for continuing the practice of the Guru Gaitri Mantra and the meditation to embody the 3rd sutra.

the third sutra is "when the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off"

a sutra is a thread or knot. sutras are dense, sometimes just a few words, sometimes 2 or 3 short sentances. a sutra is meant to be "unpacked" with a teacher. we sit with the sutra, turn it over in our minds, discuss it & attempt to live it.

the meditation is sweet & simple. take a comfortable seat- perhaps easy pose. spine is straight, eyes are closed, no specific mudra.

chant the mantra: Gobinday, Mukanday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnaamay, Akaamay. this mantra is considered the 8 names of the divine & can be translated: sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite, destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless.

chant & focus on the sound for 11 minutes.

this meditation is said to bring stability to the hemispheres of the brain & works on the heart center to develop compassion, patience, & tolerance, uniting one with the infinite. it is noted for the capacity to break through deep-seated blocks.

follow this link here to watch an instructional video to practice the meditation

follow this link here to purchase an mp3 of the music for meditaion

see if you can practice this meditation for 40 days in a row ~ giving yourself the chance to really take the change in deep