LIVE FROM THE SHALA: WHO IS TO BLAME? DAMMIT, WHO???

April 20, 2010

If you are anything like us, you spend 50% of your day saying "What the fuck?!" Clueless as to where our experiences are truly coming from, on Monday, we blame our parents, on Tuesday, it's the boss, on Wednesday, it's the bad Chinese food, on Thursday, it's the traffic... Is there a way to fix it or is it hopeless?

What if we told you that everything in your life is totally transformable? That anger could become clarity, that fear could become courage, that even hatred could become love?

We will and you can.

Listen and practice alongside of of NYC's premier teachers, Kelly Morris, as she adroitly explains where your life is coming from, how to fix it and how to create a world where your heart is always open, and all you ever feel is LOVE. And all the while, rock out to King Britt and some other outstaaaaanding musicians.

This is a FREE class, so please, spread the good word!

Love, The Kelly Morris Yoga Podcast Team

CONQUERING LION TONGLEN: TAKE IT AWAY AND GIVE THEM EVERYTHING.

November 4, 2009

If the teachings are true, if in fact the world is being projected out of your heart, if in fact every single sentient being is only and ever a projection being emitted out of your heart, if in fact every single thing you think, feel, say and do will determine the well being of everything and everyone, then now is the time to get on the stick and start fixing the giant mess we have made of our world.

You are the queen or king of your world. You are the president of your world. Every single aspect of you matters.

In this tonglen meditation, practice taking away suffering on your inhale, and bestowing the qualities needed to create happiness on your exhale.

Like any good leader, take responsibility for it all and do whatever it takes to fix it. Now.

Love, The Buddha Project

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LIVE & UNPLUGGED: Kelly Morris

October 2, 2009

(Scroll down for your Free Yoga Class) Under ‘links’ on the lower right-hand side of this page, click on ‘The Yoga Peeps Interview’ to hear Yoga Peep’s fascinating interview with Kelly, one of the modern yoga’s pioneers and a NYC favorite. Learn about Kelly, what inspired her to dump fashion and pursue yoga, what beginners need to beware of when looking for the right teacher, the meat taboo, Kelly’s Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training Program, The Emptiness Retreats, how to shine up your diamond, what the REAL purpose of yoga is, how to be happy and much more.

Zero discussion of celebrity clientele, the Jivamukti ruckus or the Maserati crash. Kelly is on a cellphone, she sounds inordinately loud. We apologize!

Rated PG-13, some profanity, counter-cultural instructions and love talk..:)

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MEDITATION: Become The Angel Who Saves The World.

September 21, 2009

Go straight into meditation with this beautiful meditation and become the Angel of your world.

To be done after You complete your Preliminaires.

The Preliminaries can be done in 5-10 minutes (see below).

Love,

The Buddha Project

A SHORT, GUIDED MEDITATION: Nothing Else, Literally.

July 7, 2009

Join Kelly as she guides you though a beautiful, effective meditation. No chanting, no talking, no nothing except meditation.

We hope everyone is having an amazing summer!

Love, The Kelly Morris Podcast Team

P.S. Please be sure to read the advices Kelly wrote below. Scroll way down, very important.

The Joni Class

February 28, 2009

Another "Live From The Shala" class for you to enjoy at home or on the road.

Kelly forgot she was wearing a mic and so there's a little extra dialogue at the end...

Thank you for all the tremendous feedback! Please be sure to post your comments on Podbean and to let all your yoga friends know that FREE online yoga classes are available here.

Love, The Kelly Morris Yoga Podcast Team

The Obama Class!

January 23, 2009

Enjoy! The chanting spontaneously turned into chanting to Obama, which was wild and beautiful. There is about 10 minutes of chanting at the beginning, try chanting along with us. Or, you can always fast-forward....but then you wouldn't hear the Obama thing....

The class is HARD.

Love, The Kelly Morris Yoga Podcast Team

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THE REFUGE PRAYER…SING IT AND KEEP ON SINGING IT.

November 10, 2008

Eisa Davis and Kelly Morris created this for you. Usually sung in Tibetan, the Refuge Prayer here is in English. Let your heart melt into it. Chanting this sacred, ancient mantra creates the causes for bodhichitta (the Wish to become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings) and for enlightened beings to come to you and protect you.

"I go for refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha Until I achieve Enlightenment. By the goodness of all I do, in giving and the rest, May I reach Buddhahood for the sake of every living being." (Traditionally sung 3 times, each time.)

Our heads on the lotus feet of all our root and lineage lamas, we pray that you are pleased.

Love, The Kelly Morris Yoga Podcast Team

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THE PRELIMINARIES….FOR YOU.

June 28, 2008

Asana, as most of you know, is only 1/8 of the yoga practice as outlined by Master Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Yet is it the aspect most people call 'yoga'. The ancient teachings are very clear on this: if you are not meditating, you are not practicing yoga. In fact, the asanas themselves were designed to allow the practitioner to sit comfortably in meditation and not be distracted by pain in their bodies. But most people avoid meditation like bad breath; why is that?

If you learned along the way that to meditate was to sit in agony for an hour, wasting time, watching your breath, getting bored and slowly going bananas, who wouldn't run for the hills? Prepare to be re-educated. This meditation was taught by the Buddha Himself and protected in the monasteries of Tibet from cultural defilement for centuries, with nothing added or taken away: all of the original instructions are here. Thousands upon thousands of meditators have used these very steps to reach enlightenment, which is a fancy word for HAPPINESS.

Meditation, the way its taught in this lineage, is one of the most exciting, gratifying and blissful things you can do. Let Kelly guide you through The Preliminaries, which are the first steps every meditator takes to prepare their mind and heart to perceive the nature of reality directly. (This recording provided here is not meant to take the place of a live teacher. The Three Jewels in NYC is a great place to learn live.)

Ideally, use this recording a few times, memorize the steps and then do them on your own, at your own pace. Some days might be 20 minutes, other days an hour. You may find in the beginning that you spend a lot of time in the 'confession/purification' part. That's normal. Most of us have a lot of negative karma to confront, clarify and clear.

But most importantly, you need to do these steps with an understanding of karma and emptiness...a.k.a. Where Your World Is Coming From...FROM you, not AT you. Everything you experience, you made someone else experience first, in the past. You planted a seed, a karmic seed in your mindstream, with every thought, word and action you took. Those seeds bore fruit and you call said fruit "My Current Life". Everything you think, say and do NOW is planting seeds that will create "Your Future Life". Everything you make another experience NOW, you will be forced to experience later. That's how it all works. Knowing this, it's crucial to get control of the mind, which is reckless in it's endless stupidity, every moment creating problems for us.

The Tuscany Retreat in October will go much more deeply into The Preliminaries: where they come from, their internal logic, what each step means and how to do it perfectly, how to clean up past karma, how to exponentiate good karma, how to find your teacher, how to develop The Wish and more. If this meditation makes a light go off in your mind, think about joining us. Please email Kelly any questions or concerns (see below for full details).

Use this meditation to deepen your relationship with your teacher, broaden your love of humanity, clean up past karma, create new positive karma and to experience your life in a whole new way.

Some advice:

1) If you are sitting in the morning, do not check your email or phone first. Wake up, splash water on your face, have a cup of tea if you need to and sit down. Try not to talk to anyone. Go to bed earlier and wake-up a 1/2 hour earlier.

2) Make sure the phone is off and your computer's mail system is off, so there are no sounds (Kelly should be on your iPod and coming to you quietly through your ear buds). The room should be the quietest room in your home. If sounds do come in, just let them become a part of your meditation, don't get upset.

3) It's nice to have a little area set aside, with a small altar (this can mean just a picture of a holy being, a flower and a candle. Altars can be very simple or crazy elaborate. Up to you.) It should be a place where you WANT to sit, because the space feels special and holy.

4) You are totally comfortable in your seat. Your spine should be straight. If this means sitting on MANY blankets, with pillows under your knees, that's fine. If it means you sit with your back against a wall, that's fine. The most important thing is that once you are settled in, you don't move, not at all. No scratching, itching, shifting, nose-picking, etc.

5) If you start to cry, just let the tears roll down. If you really get into the preliminaries, there will be tears. This is a good thing, it means you are purifying. Just remember that once you purify, the negative karma is gone and can't hurt you anymore in the future (unless you have other similar seeds or continue doing the behavior that you are purifying).

6) Try to sit every day, no matter what. It's difficult to change who you are when you are busy being yourself, after all.

7) Actually do all the things the lineage suggests, as listed above. If you find that meditation just isn't 'for you', make sure you are really doing all the things advised FOR REAL. Or, just suffer some more and when you're ready, come back. We'll be waiting....:)

Please email Kelly with any questions at all or to share any experiences! Most of all, practice! Take the steps necessary to remove the causes for your suffering and get happy!

PLease also take the time to pass this along to anyone who might benefit, even though it's time-consuming.

LoveLoveLove, Kelly

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Namaste!!! Decide for yourself. Try a free class.

May 23, 2007

Check out this free class now and find out why, year after year, Kelly's class is voted Best of New York. Roll out your mat and experience an intense, private, challenging 1-hour with none of the stress and strife of a crowded public class. There is a TINY amount of chanting at the beginning...deal. Take the class, then make your judgement.

(This class is not for beginners, I repeat, not for beginners. It is a flowing class for students who already have a developed practice. If you are a beginner, videos and podcasts are not for you, period. Find an actual class and come back when you are ready).

If you like what you experience, buy an all-access pass and each month, receive 2 live, brand-new, 1-hour yoga classes with Kelly delivered straight to your computer, ready to roll. We know how hard it is to find the right teacher, at the right time, at the right price, in the right place. Now you can practice anytime, anywhere: in your hotel room, in the privacy of your home, with a group or alone, half-in or all the way in: you decide. And unlike Kelly's class in the city, this class will start on time...your time! On the other hand, no more excuses...

"Kelly is my greatest inspiration in my pursuit of yoga." -Russell Simmons, CEO, Def Jam Records, CEO, Phat Farm

"Class was wild tonight...don't you wish you had been there?" -The New York Times

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