When we are truly in “the groove” in our Hatha Yoga practice, we can, simultaneously, experience stretching with intensity, as well as relaxation.
“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…”
Patanjali teaches that we are to master asana so that the body becomes steady and comfortable. Then, no longer a distraction, it even becomes a true friend for meditation.
“No medicine is necessary for the person who eats after assuring him or herself that what has already been eaten is digested.”
It’s a combination of three words: Sat, Chid, Ananda. Sat means Existence or Truth. Chid is the expression, knowledge, of it. Ananda is the Bliss you get out of it. So Truth, Knowledge, Bliss is what we mean by the word Satchidananda.
According to Yoga philosophy, disease manifests not from the physical, but from the disconnection with our source or spirit. When we are able to remember who we are the healing is accelerated.
Then we learned to chant “Hari Om” with the children. During the program, the children remarked that the mantra stayed with them day and night—that they were hearing Sonia’s voice even in daydreams.
Sri Gurudev always presented Yoga as a comprehensive spiritual path not just a physical practice…This means developing a personal practice where one makes the connection to one’s own inner Peace on a daily basis.
Taking a silent retreat has lasting and profound benefits. Lakshmi Barsel (senior retreat staff) shares some of her observations from years of leading these powerful introspective programs.
“You can give nothing to your students. Remember that you are still learning. The most important thing you can do is to be a good Yogi and to set an example in your own life.”