OF TAXIS AND OTHER THINGS … FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF A NEW LIFE

 Since moving half way across the globe 8 months ago, from laid back, cacti-filled Tucson (of just barely 1 million people) to one of the most populous and complex cities of the world, BEIJING (with a population of over 21 million people), I find that I have more time to myself and yet . . . I’m busier than ever.   Every minute is used up – used to absorb the new, the unusual, the surprising, to digesting never-before-sensed images, sounds and smells and trying to make sense of them all. Every action and every interaction is new and different, and an opportunity to learn – all the while taking a tremendous amount of energy.   Here in Beijing, I sit in taxis a lot.  A lot. It’s called: da chu zu qi che.   In Tucson I used to teach people yoga and move gracefully through a yoga studio and even life it seemed Now I sit in taxis. Sitting in a taxi doesn’t require much energy, you would think?   TAXIS are now my new mode of transportation (remember my cute red car?), my new office (great views, but unfortunately not enough space for yoga or singing), as well as the place where I study and practice most of my Chinese. After months I can actually tell the driver where I really want to go and how to get there. Being able to say the right words with the right tones took weeks and months! And yet it seems that no taxi driver has ever heard of the street that we live on, in this city of 16 thousand square kilometers (6 thousand square miles). But 460-some taxi rides later, there have been 3 drivers who knew where to go. I cherished every moment of those 3 rides . . . not having to worry about the next turn and how to say it in Chinese, in the correct tones, without confusing or inadvertently insulting the driver, without stress to body and mind.   I could write pages about the TRAFFIC in this city. You have to see it to believe it, how fluidly these millions of differing vehicles (cars, buses, bicycles, tricycles and trucks of varying shapes and sizes) AND people...

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Integrative Yoga Therapy Newsletter Winter 2013

INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY tools for balance and healing Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT W i n t e r 2 0 1 3 Dear friends in yoga, Wishing you a belated very very happy New Year 2013! Firstly, let me thank you for your support this last year and the many kindnesses you extended, the smiles you gifted and the lovely energies you have brought to class every week. I am filled with true gratitude, as you are my true teachers! May this new year bring you health, joy and the coming closer to your heart’s desire! How wonderful it is to open ourselves to listening to our hearts more closely this year… our hearts possess a particular intelligence and yet most often we allow our minds to lead. At this time of new year’s resolutions, I invite you to explore the concept and tremendous value of reflection … of letting things arise from the deep recesses of our hearts and souls. And so I decided to share with you quotes on this topic for you to reflect and meditate on. Together let’s find the courage to clear our heads and go inward to listen to our hearts! Have a fabulous 2013! “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” -Caroline Myss “Take up one idea. Make one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” -Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof… Once the sun shineth upon a concave mirror, or on a lens that is convex, all its heat will be concentrated on a single point, and that one point will burn the hottest. Thus is it necessary to focus one’s thinking on a single point so that it will become an effective force.
 -‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921) Here is where you can find us: PRIVATE SESSIONS Healing Pathways [map] www.healingpathwaysaz.com/yoga By...

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Performing at Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference

Dear friends, honored to let you know that I’ll be performing this Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference ( www.grandcanyonbahai.org ) in between the two keynote speakers! It’s a wonderful venue, as several hundreds or even thousands of people are assembled, wanting to learn and share experiences on how to change the world through community building and focus on our own spiritual growth! Great energy! Hope to see many of you there!!! Share...

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Integrative Yoga Therapy – Newsletter Fall 2012

Hi, I’m sharing with you the work I have been involved in for the last year … it is very similar to my music as it is all about peace and healing. This work is truly fascinating and I hope to hear what you think. At the end of the newsletter you will also find an updated list of my class schedule. INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY your path to balance Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT F a l l 2 0 1 2 Dear friends in yoga, What a joy it is to share this newsletter with you for the very first time!! My intention is to share with you my personal journey as a student and teacher of yoga as well as to aid us in exploring the healing discipline of yoga therapy. In addition you will find out about classes, and workshops I teach in Tucson, and about my private practice in yoga therapy. Thank you for being part of my journey and my learning and I look forward to our path together starting right now. This is what you will find in this newsletter: • What is Yoga Therapy? – a very short personal summary • What exactly happens in a Yoga Therapy session? • Overview of classes with brief descriptions – new class ! I. What is Yoga Therapy? You are all students of yoga and very much aware of the benefits that yoga has brought into your life. Next to the physical benefits of greater flexibility and strength in your body, you have probably become aware of other more subtler sensations within you, like a sense of peacefulness and relaxation after practice, the awareness and connection of breath in lessening the effects of stress, the concept of equanimity and balance that we can draw upon in difficult times in our lives, and the reality that our essential nature is spirit. All of these insights bring us closer to the understanding of ourselves, that we are so much more than just this physical body, much more than just our thoughts and feelings, but a sum of different elements culminating in our true essence. Little by little, the lessons of yoga class begin to show up in our lives, and more...

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New music video release “True Lover”!

Hi, just letting you know that my new music video, titled “True Lover”, is out! You can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZJ0ka_1hZc The powerful words of this piece are taken from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and the beautiful music was written by Grant Hindin Miller (New Zealand)! The song was lovingly arranged by Daniel Rubin (Austria). The video was filmed in the gorgeous city of Budapest, Hungary, a country I was lucky to call my home for a year. It was filmed and edited by a very talented Nadji Hedjazi and thoughtfully directed by Ajang Farid (Hungary). I look at it as a meditation on mystical love, the journey to the true Beloved. Below you will find the text again and its translation into German. A Spanish and Hungarian translation will follow soon Enjoy and feel free to share! “O SON OF JUSTICE! Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved? And what seeker findeth rest away from his heart’s desire? To the true lover reunion is life, and separation is death. His breast is void of patience and his heart hath no peace. A myriad lives he would forsake to hasten to the abode of his beloved.” – Baha’u’llah “O SOHN DER GERECHTIGKEIT! Wohin kann ein Liebender gehen ausser ins Land seines Geliebten? Und welcher Suchende fände Ruhe fern der Sehnsucht seines Herzens. Für den aufrichtig Liebenden ist Vereinigung Leben und Trennung Tod. Seine Brust kennt keine Geduld, sein Herz keinen Frieden. Tausend Leben gäbe er hin, um zur Wohnstatt seines Geliebten zu eilen.”- Baha’u’llah Share...

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Song of Badi- or what does transformation mean to you?

Just wanted to share with you some thoughts on the 8th track of “The Longing”: Song of Badi. This piece was written by a very talented and insightful Stephen Miller, himself a young man then, describing the process of transformation and change within one individual alone, which immediately affected his surroundings and the world. He uses the example the true story of a young man, named Badi and his life of courage and sacrifice. He recognizes his Beloved in the person of Baha’u’llah and every fiber of his being becomes a new creation. I was introduced to this song in my youth and it touched me deeply the moment I heard it. I wanted to sing it. Firstly to internalize this story of courage and encouragement for myself and secondly, to share it with anyone I would meet: we all have the power to affect change, to better ourselves and the world around us. Right now the whole world seems to be in turmoil wherever you look and as individuals we might feel torn about the recent watchword of change. On the one hand we welcome and look forward to change because we know that the world cannot continue on its path of selfishness and destruction. On the other hand we might be unsure about what change would entail and whether that change would be positive. Eckhart Tolles writes:“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” In my album I have dedicated this song to my family in Iran and all my young Baha’i brothers and sisters, who despite daily persecution hold that space of a new world united in thought and spirit and action in their heart! May you soon be free to follow your dreams and fulfill your potential!!! Share...

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