I also work with two-year-old twins who have cerebral palsy. The yoga therapy has improved their balance, strength and flexibility and, equally as important, it has given them the ability to develop stillness in their mind and body.
You are not given the light by anyone—not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.
As yoga students and teachers, compassion blossoms as our inner guidance. Compassion is fostered by our personal experience through hardships—physical, mental or emotional—or by, with an open heart, perceiving the suffering of others.
The technique of meditation is to keep the mind fully occupied on one thing. When the mind is fully occupied on one thing, it is kept away from many things and it becomes quiet.
People are hungry for the deeper aspects of Yoga and the teachings. And it helps to be able to offer it in neutral language where sometimes you can’t even say the word “Yoga.”
For example, if there is a dark room, and if you don’t want the darkness you cannot beat the darkness out. The easiest way to get rid of the darkness is to just bring a light inside. Bring in the opposite. If there is hatred, sow a little love there. Then that will slowly dispel the hatred.
But what about the children? They also need to learn how to find inner peace and security within their own hearts that is not dependent on people, places or situations.
You shouldn’t force the mind up to any level, but at the same time don’t give it too much rope either. It’s kind of a middle path. Be firm and at the same time gentle.
Being with Maharaj-ji was like being an actor in a play, an actor who’s forgotten that he’s in a play. But the play was written by a realized Being–a fully awake, conscious writer–who was also pretending to be merely another actor in the play. Everything that he wrote was designed to wake us up and lead us to the same realization, freedom, and love.
Yoga Nidra is the ultimate power nap and deliberate “timeout.” Just 35 minutes of intentional Yoga Nidra practice is equivalent to the refreshing rejuvenation found in four hours of deep sleep.