How does teaching yoga empower my students in school?

Yoga philosophy = Teaching philosophy

As a yoga teacher, I offer classes that challenge students to engage with the space, the body, the mind, and the spirit.

For me, teaching yoga is a great way to give a part of myself to the community. It brings out the side of me that is ready to work with others in order to build a more peaceful and flourishing world.

I apply this yoga philosophy in teaching and mentorship.

When I teach urban design at the graduate school, I consider yoga and the design profession revolve around three principles:

1. The need to respect our interconnection with nature and welcome it into our day-to-day life; 

2. The need to celebrate who we are and what we love in every space so that we create supportive environments; 

3. The need to give a part of myself to the community, bringing out the side of us that is ready to work with others to build a more peaceful, flourishing world. 

I want students to pay attention to their surroundings, and connect their observations in everyday life to the curriculum materials. Living mindfully develops memory muscle that will become organic knowledge. I also include local knowledge into my courses to promote relevance, interest and cultural sensitivity.

I design my courses with consideration of students’ learning ability. I typically provide key concepts through texts and graphics. When I present my experiences in managing situations such as architectural regeneration and vulnerable landscapes, I find it a wonderful opportunity to explain what impacts designers can make. In turn, students engage with the course material.

I present case studies, stories, or scenarios to ensure students grasp the basic understanding of the concept.

I encourage hand drawing and white board notes to allow student to meaningfully interact with the material and bring their learning experience into a deeper level. My background in architectural design makes me confident in  using graphics to solve problems. In a three-hour long afternoon course, believe me, visualization catches students’ attention, and they benefit from these communication skills in client-oriented career environments.

I teach because I feel education cultivates resilience.

In a 60-minute yoga class, I give students 100% of my attention in my presentation. In graduate school, my students deserve the same level of attention.

Our True Nature

A sacred treasure awaits your discovery if you cease your external search for happiness and commence upon your internal journey. Everything that you truly desire in your life is already available at the core of your being.

Within you exists infinite happiness, eternal peace, everlasting tranquility, and ecstatic bliss.

You entered this world as a perfect spiritual specimen. Your true nature or essence, your heart, is nothing less than supreme perfection. Everything you are looking for can be found within.

It is possible that you do not believe in any of this; there is a very logical reason for this skeptical apprehension. From the moment of your birth, your ego has been on a mission to overshadow your inherent perfection; your ego desires for you to forget the truth of your essential nature and follow its destructive and delusional path filled with desire and attachment. Your ego simply wishes you to remain a victim of the endless cycle of suffering we know as “normal” living.

Of course, this philosophy of existence only appears normal because the majority of the world operates under the bureaucracy of the ego.

Fortunately, you have a choice: you can live according to this deluded sense of self, or discover the perfection that encompasses your being.

From this moment forward, you can wake each morning with the clear intention of living your sacred life in alignment with the fundamental nature of your being.

You can make the firm decision to restrict your journey to one of inner exploration rather than remain on your never-ending external quest.

This inner path is where you will unearth the princess treasures of freedom, liberation, and pure joy.

Meditation

We always seem to be striving to reach self-actualization, enlightenment, and perfection. What we fail to actually realize is the fact that perfection exists within us naturally.

We are born into the world perfect, free, and liberated. It is our developing ego that takes us away from this blissful state, dragging us into the tyranny of its delusions.

Our task is to re-discover our perfection and allow the light of our beings to once again radiate throughout the Universe like the rays of the brilliant sun.

Real-Life Application

Uncover and expose the shadows your ego casts that conceal the vivacity and luminosity of your essential being. Make notes of the deceptive patterns that your ego tries to use to its advantage and begin to sever your attachments to these illusions that prevent you from reaching freedom.

Ask yourself what it is that overshadows the fundamental nature of your being.

Break Your Inertness

Change is your greatest ally in your personal journey toward spiritual transformation. There exists a popular sting that states, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.

Thus, if you wish to change your life, society, or even the world, you must set out on a voyage of inner exploration and change. This inner voyage will ignite a process of outer change benefiting you as well as all of humanity. The most beautiful gift in life is your ability to change your course, no matter what course you have taken up until now. You must always remember that the past is no longer real, therefore, the past does not have the power to hold you back from living the life you truly aspire to live.

When embarking on your personal-change expedition, it is vital to keep a few indispensable factors in mind. Here is some useful tips that I found useful to guide me through the personal and Universal transformation. I would like to share with you.

  • Discover the unique purpose that lies within you, and pursue this quest with passion and undying determination.
  • Instead of sitting back and thinking about the profound changes you desire to make in your life, get up and take action.
  • Action is divided into small mindful steps that lead to your desired goal. Always remember to be present during each moment of the process, rather than obsessing over the desired goal.
  • Change for the good of humanity, without projecting selfish outcomes.
  • Change will materialize in your life as long as you consistently apply hard work, persistence, determination, and the virtuous intention of helping other human beings.
  • Always strive for excellence, going above and beyond what is expected of you.

Meditation

Often when we look at the entirety of any task that confronts us along our passage through life, our ego immediately fills our mind with overcomplicated messages and often defines the task as an impossibility. The ego’s goal is to overwhelm you with these interpretation and, ultimately, lead you to giving up on your true purpose.The ego desires endless struggle and suffering.

As a spiritual being searching for truth and awareness, you must transcend the influence of the ego and simplify your world. Simplicity is where success, peace, and enlightenment are discovered. This is the essence of your being.

Real-Life Application

Choose a task in your life that you often dismiss from your consciousness because of its perceived complexity. Sit down with paper and pen, and take notes as to how this task can be broken down into smaller, more manageable steps that you can take on without much difficulty. Like, write your dissertation 15 minutes a day. This process can be applied to any project that you wish to embark upon. It’s that simple.

Stop intellectualizing and pushing yourself further aways from completion, and begin taking the necessary action to progress.

All great feats are done in this manner.

I almost feel as if I should apologize that I don’t have any great philosophical or intellectual suggestions to share with you, but try it this way, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Now, move forward and begin manifesting the lasting changes you desire in your life.

Why is Teaching so Hard?

In a culture that sometimes equates work with suffering, it is revolutionary to suggest that the best inward sign of vocation is deep gladness—revolutionary but true. If a work is mine to do, it will make me glad over the long haul, despite the difficult days. Even the difficult days will ultimately gladden me, because they pose the kinds of problems that can help me grow in a work if it is truly mine. Continue reading “Why is Teaching so Hard?”

What do I Work for?

Choose your work carefully. 

No matter how much you work is nothing more than money, your work makes you is where you put your time. 

We are what we do, and the more we do it, the more we become it.

By giving a job your time, you are giving it your consciousness. Eventually it will fill your life with the reality that it presents.  Continue reading “What do I Work for?”

7 Best Poses In Yoga For Writers

Whether you write at work or you’re writing a novel at home, as a writer you probably spend a good deal of time sitting in front of a computer.

We all know that sitting in front of a computer all day is far from healthy.

Yoga is one of the best exercises to in your breaks. It quickly gets us moving and undoes the damage of a sedentary lifestyle. Here are some writers’ favourite yoga poses.

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Make Your Mission Statement

What is a mission statement? It is a concise saying to put your self-reflection and analysis. It could help you solidify your business plan.

You are serious about teaching yoga. It can be a long journey to become a successful yoga instructor. That’s why Having a mission statement is so important to ground out teaching goals. We know what we are about, and if asked, we can explain our mission clearly to others. Continue reading “Make Your Mission Statement”

被亲情深深伤害的你,该如何拯救自己

你我已成年,我们的父母或许有很多财富,但却不知该如何充实自己的晚年生活。

充实的晚年生活来自丰盈的内心,然而他们可能内心空虚,不仅不能给你力量,甚至还时不时打击你,告诉你说:你现在的状态让他们失望,换作是他,一定比你做得好等等。

父母未必意识到,他们这些做法其实是继续在拿你当孩子养,这影响了子女成年后的生活。 Continue reading “被亲情深深伤害的你,该如何拯救自己”

中国城市的未来在何方?

什么在变?城市经济增长点从住宅销售到服务增值

刚解放时,中国城市进入大生产时代,住所、工作打包,一切生活资源由单位统一调度,衣食住行方方面面,都有配额限制。

改革开放后,均贫富的乌托邦被解除,会捉老鼠的猫大行其道。只是从左到右转得太快,挡不住“官帽换资本”的乱象丛生。

中国城市的财富,富在面上,怕在心里。土地流转的政策一卡上来,市长们也犯了难,毕竟这二三十年来,地方财政收入的70%靠的是地租。

地一紧,地产荒。放在过去,开发商只要把房子盖好卖出去就赚钱,最初也没花很多心思研究住户需求。这些年房地产遇到寒冰期,有头脑的开发商意识到物业运营可能成为新的商机,借助互联网研究住户。

“从住户向客户升级”是一场地产行业的革命。万科、华夏幸福早在七八年前就嗅到物业运营的风向,知道综合地产才是帮助企业渡过这场地产低迷风暴的船帆。

这些两家开发商未雨绸缪,从各行各业收割人才,有大数据的底牌,顺利实现业务增量和内容转型。

再看规划设计行业,船大难掉头,国字号稳坐水中央,危机感明显不足,自诩专家,像是春江水暖最后知后觉的一批水鸟。

日本首家无人7.11便利店

对于买房的老百姓来说,物业运营对社区口碑的作用越来越重要。服务供应商很想知道谁是他们的客户。

谁能瞄准客户,就占据了先机。

老牌便利店7.11算是这方面的行家。每开一家店,就把方圆一公里的居民生活习惯研究个透。

清晨6:30,上早自习的学生是第一波客人,店里的银台边早摆上了热腾腾的菜包、肉包、流沙包。

隔着透明玻璃可见温热的牛奶咖啡,这是给学生和7:30早班挤地铁的年轻人准备的。小包装切好的水果、大果粒酸奶、瘦身色拉,安安静静地守在放着各色饮料冷柜的最下一排。

7.11的配餐细化到什么程度?在北京二十多家便利店里,午饭最受欢迎的鱼香肉丝盖饭,人家研究了配胡萝卜丝还是笋丝,微辣酱香还是中辣甜口,结果发现白领女性下班前多选后者,而年龄大一点的家庭主妇、男士上班族多选前者,于是北京的7.11配餐中心,根据用户分布差异,分别配送两个版本的鱼香肉丝饭。

 

智能时代,网络化管理社区

再举个物业服务增值的例子:

有开发商销售房子时发给每个入户者一张 “用户一卡通”,无论是在便利店、小区药房结账,还是使用“淘气堡”、租用公共运动场地、登记时都需要刷卡使用。

经过一段时间,就能统计出小区里具体是哪些人在使用运动场、谁常去药店、每家人倾向于买哪种菜,甚至多长时间订一次饮用水。

这些数据上传到社区管理中心,方便服务商更准确的点对点推送服务,例如给上班族上门送菜,对有低龄孩子的家庭推送托管业务广告。

未来在何方?我的答案是:培育社会资本

2015年国务院提倡开放街区,文件一经发布,立即在公共媒体上引起极大关注。

街区开放,本质就是公共资源共享,具体操作需要小区开放更多道路、更多街面对外营业,这也意味着一系列政策渐渐走出“封闭社区”思维。

巴塞罗那的联合社区
美国德克萨斯建筑事务所为无家可归者建造的公屋

设计理念:无论贫富,人人都应该拥有体面的生活

[bc]事务所的设计基于田野调查

大军压境之下,规划界最有话语权的大佬捍卫山头的方式让人汗颜,动辄引用元首金句,青山绿水金山银山张口就来,宛若盛唐气象、春晚对联。

相比之下,地产行业狼性十足,动辄拿掉上百人的部门,养兵千日用兵一时这种话未必好使。更常见的现象是,一拿到新数据,两三个星期就掀翻重来,复盘整座集团公司的战略布局。这阵势,才好意思说是与时俱进。

直到2014年,社区建设这股政治风向标,终于把规划国字号从低迷的市场中唤醒,相当一批设计师走进社区,为中国城市向着生活精细化的目标寻求机遇。

汇报规划的演示稿,终于不再鸟瞰霓虹满天下,多了人视角的画面。

 

艺术家眼中的城市化

城市,请给百姓营生留点空间,街道整治手下留情。

发现社区领袖

在这场社会变革中,一方面民间草根成为部分社区服务的供给者,精确推送养老、育儿、购物、家政等社区服务;

另一方面,社区建设意味着重视社会资本,修复友邻关系

亲密友善的友邻大环境,促进信任、尊严共识,同时让人们发现一批坊间乡里为邻居服务的个人。

不可小看这些社区领袖的作用,当国家供给的社会福利捉襟见肘,这些生长在社区内部的能善良人,缓和矛盾冲突,为解决深层问题提供可能,从社会安定的角度看,他们是社会的镇静剂,缓冲矛盾激化,在官僚体制看似不可逾越的铜墙铁壁间,发挥传声筒的作用。

愿本文给设计学生、创业者、迷惘中的城市规划师以启迪。

社区服务大有可为,时代需要更多年轻人加入这场变革。

瑜伽体式的前世今生

你为什么练瑜伽?

相信每个人都有自己的理由。有些人认为瑜伽帮助他们回归内在的和平与快乐,瑜伽允许一个人打破自我与世界的界线。然而更多人是被瑜伽教练平衡而紧实的身体吸引,希望自己也拥有这样的好身材。那么问题来了,究竟是先有平静安宁的瑜伽心,还是先有美好的瑜伽身体?

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