Awakening Self Newsletter – April 2012

Your Rebirth

Ah, isn’t spring the time of renewal and rebirth?  Many cultures celebrate their new year at the spring equinox, and we’re all familiar with other holidays that honor new life emerging, like chicks, eggs, and bunnies.  I’d like to offer you something to start off your spring renewed – a special Awakening Self Radio Show THIS MONDAY, April 9th from 9-9:30pm PDT. An Evening Meditation practice, starting with a little inspiration and then a guided meditation.  If you have been wanting to meditate more at home and feel more peaceful, tune in!

Spring often awakens our desire to express something new or embark on a new path.  My article this month inspires you to Listen to the Call – a rebirth into your divine purpose in this lifetime.  Just as I am, you, too, are being called to serve.

Want to gain new insight into your yoga practice and your Self?  Listen in later this month for my Awakening Self Radio Show on Friday, April 20th for the exploration of the 8 “Limbs” of Yoga – 8 essential aspects of a complete spiritual practice.  Here’s the link, and you’ll find more details on the right sidebar:

Or join me at Mind-Body Zone on Saturday the 21st for more on the yoga sutras and putting the 8 Limbs into practice. You can find details below.

May spring rebirth you into aliveness and inspiration that open new doors in your life.




– Announcements
– Event Calendar
– Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule
– Featured Article:  “Listen to the Call” by Rev. Connie L. Habash
– Spiritual Quotes



Connie’s lectures and practices of Yoga Philosophy in the MBZ teacher training will be open to the public as a workshop!

Saturday, April 21st, 1-4pm – The 8 Limbs (Yoga Sutras, Chapter 2) $35

Delve into the most practical applications of yoga philosophy in the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras. Emphasis will be on the 8 “limbs of yoga”, embracing all aspects of your life. Be prepared to put it into practice on the mat and the meditation cushion! For more information or to register online see the MBZ website (click on Workshops).


Group resumes on Thursday, April 12th, 9:45-10:45am at Subud in Palo Alto. We will focus on the last of the 5 Niyamas.  Then, we explore Native American teachings of Springtime and both walking and sitting meditation practice for the month of April.  Immerse yourself in a weekly experience of returning to your center.  With a spiritual message from the new thought/ancient wisdom traditions of the world, breathwork, chanting, sharing, and a semi-guided meditation, you’ll leave feeling renewed and inspired.  BY HEARTFELT DONATION.  At SUBUD House – 330 Melville, Palo Alto, CA.


Sunday, July 29th, 2012, 1-4pm at The Yoga and Movement Center, Walnut Creek, CA

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to say the names of the yoga poses, to correctly pronounce yogic terms, to be able to read the roman transliteration (our English alphabet with the dots, dashes, and lines added to it) on a yoga text, or love chanting and Sanskrit mantra, this workshop is for you!

This workshop will include: • How to correctly pronounce the letters of the Sanskrit language, including dual letters. • Chanting and Sanskrit mantras. • Putting these Sanskrit sounds into practice on the yoga mat!

This workshop is presented in conjuction with the Advanced Studies/ Teacher Training Program. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.$50 Early Registration before July 21; $60 Regular Registration after July 21.

SACRED JOURNEY Women’s Psychotherapy Group

with Connie Habash, MA, LMFT, begins this month, meeting every other Monday from 3:15-4:45pm


If you feel called to this group, see Sacred Journey for more information.  If you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact me

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One and a half hour classes available:
– The 5 Yamas, or Ethical Principles of yoga
– The 5 Niyamas, or Universal Spiritual Observances
– The 7 Chakras (energy centers)
30 minute meditation classes
Plus, recent workshops from the Mind-Body Zone Teacher Training.
For a donation of your choice, you or a friend can have inspiring yoga classes in your own home, anytime you like.

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Event Calendar

Awakening Self Radio Show Schedule

Upcoming Shows:

9-9:30pm PDT
Evening Meditation and Inspiration
Tonight, we share a quiet and sacred time together.  I’ll share some inspiration with you to set the tone, and then we’ll have a semi-guided meditation practice.  There will be silent spaces to allow you to deepen in the meditation, and gentle reminders along the way.  Join me to support your meditation practice or to start a new one!  Let’s Awaken the Divine Within.

Friday, April 20th
12:30-2pm PDT
Awakening Self Radio Show – The 8 Limbs of Yoga

There’s a lot more to yoga than poses!  Discover the broad foundation that yoga practice and philosophy rests on – which includes ethical principles, meditation, self-inquiry, and development of discipline.  Yoga philosophy teaches us the essentials of becoming a good human being, as well as developing ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.  We’ll explore some practices to focus the mind, a few guided yoga postures, some traditional breathwork, and prepare to meditate.  Questions and comments welcome!

Check out the Awakening Self Radio Show archives to listen to over 25 inspiring shows!

Featured Article:

Listen to the Call

by Rev. Connie L. Habash

Spiritual Quotes

“The eye with which I see God is the same as that with which he sees me.  My eye and the eye of God are one eye, one vision, one knowledge, one love.
– Meister Eckhart

“The psalm reads: “For singing toour God is good.”Rabbi Elimeleckh expounded this:”It is good if man can bring about that God sings within him”.
-Tales of the Hasidim

“I searched for God and found only myself.  I searched for myself and found only God.”

Sufi Proverb




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