“Awareness, breath and movement— that is Yoga!”
Before we can expect to have the clarity and presence of mind to respond in a mindful way to a challenging situation, or a string of them, we must build in ourselves a strong, balanced foundation.
The more oxygen you can handle, the stronger fire you’ll have in the belly to get things done during the day and go beyond the imprints from the past that have frozen folks in fear and inadequacy.
For most of us, a long-term relationship breaks our hearts and brings us to our knees at some point in our lives. Then we are compelled to seek a deeper source of connection that is not subject to so much change.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
The lesson I learned from all the great Masters was service; always serve, serve and serve.
Usually I hear Isvara pranidhana, dedication to God, presented as one of the paths, an option that one might choose according to his or her temperament. My reading of the Yoga Sutras and my personal experience indicate that Isvara pranidhana, along with the other yamas and niyamas, is more a prerequisite than an option.
Tapas begins to make sense only when we understand that pain—psychological or physical—is a sign that we have encountered a limitation in ourselves.
Recipe for curried spinach and potatoes.
We want these things when we still have not realized that there is Somebody in us always who is caring for us every minute, who loves us every minute. If you realized that you wouldn’t need somebody else to love you.