Your association, your thoughts, your words, your music, your food, your exercises should all be producing a sattwic condition, a tranquil condition, to calm the mind and nerves.
By incorporating a meditative approach in your classes, you will help your students to go deeper in their practice.
the ‘I’ never changes. It is eternal, ever clean, ever pure. It is never born, never dies.
The greatest hindrance to feeling the body from within is the habit of putting emphasis on thinking. Hatha Yoga is not a thinking practice.
You are what you think. You can make yourself by thinking the right thoughts, or you can break yourself by thinking wrong thoughts.
Sri Gurudev often taught that when we make a fist and point a finger to blame someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at us
So the great teachers often presented the higher truths through stories—and the stories are very simple. In fact, the truth itself is very simple.
The goal of Yoga is to experience this innate nature and to allow that aspect of our being to guide the way to everything. At peace with ourselves, innately we are in a loving relationship to what is outside of us.
When you do everything for the sake and joy of just doing it, as benefit for the whole world and not for your own personal benefit, you retain your joy.
We can guide our attention in various ways to cultivate a neutral, non-reactive awareness, an open heart and a sense that this effort is in the service of the Divine.