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Happiness - A Poem By Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Alana Kessler

Happiness by Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower,
but is already here, right now,
in relaxation and letting go.
Don't strain yourself, there is nothing to do.
Whatever arises in the mind
has no importance at all,
because it has no reality whatsoever.
Don't become attached to it. Don't pass judgement.
Let the game happen on its own,
emerging and falling back - without changing anything -
and all will vanish and begin anew, without end.
Only our searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it.
It is like a rainbow which you run after without ever catching it.
Although it does not exist, it has always been there
and accompanies you every instant.
Don't believe in the reality of good and bad experiences;
they are like rainbows.
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping,
there is space - open, inviting and comfortable.
So make use of it. Everything is already yours.
Search no more,
Don't go into the inextricable jungle
looking for the elephant who is already quietly at home.
Nothing to do,
nothing to force,
nothing to want
and everything happens by itself.

Yin Yoga & Ashtanga Yoga; A Perfect Marriage

Alana Kessler

 Alana Kessler practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Playa Maderas Nicaragua

Alana Kessler practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Playa Maderas Nicaragua

How many times in your ashtanga or vinyasa practice have you struggled with tight muscles or strained ligaments? I know I have and it became frustrating when I wasnt able to utilize my Ashtanga yoga practice as a means to relieve the discomfort or heal the injury. The reason for this is because dynamic movement is not what the body needs in order to create health and efficiency of the connective tissues (joints, tendons, ligaments; tissues that support the muscles) - It is long held passive postures utilizing conscious breath and the tensions of pulling and compression.

The health of the connective tissues are integral for the integration and fluidity of energy flow as a means to create freedom for the muscles to build strength, flexibility and conduct electrical currency to the organs so they can work to keep our bodies at optimal balance.

Yin Yoga provides the exact methodology needed to support a dynamic practice and has been integral in the physical, energetic and spiritual shifts I have benefited from and have been available to receive through my Ashtanga practice. This article below is just a short introduction to the many many gifts Yin Yoga can provide.


Bibi Lorenzetti and I are so excited to come together and offer you this complete physical, energetic and spiritual experience that will take your practice to the next level. By sharing these perfectly complementary practices with us on this retreat, you will gain new insights into your life on and off the mat.