|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
My Mother, a true warrior against cancer.
She was a powerful yogi. Her practice of yoga was not physical, she did no postures or obvious breathing exercises. But she still learned to support the body through her inner strength. My mother was a shining example that yoga is beyond the physical, and I am very grateful to have had the time with her that I did.
When I returned to from university and I made the decision to stay with her instead of pursuing a career. This turned out to be a very enriching time for me because it ended up being the last years of her life. She passed away in 2013.
My Reality Check
After she transition from this world, I felt a great sense of loss. I had been with her everyday for 3 years: seeing her victories, connecting with her, and being moulded by her. I felt like part of myself went with her when she left this earth. As I entered into my grieving I turned to the one place that had given me some sense of support through my life.
I started living at an ashram and began developing my practice of yoga. I had been involved with yoga since a very young age. My mother had introduced my sister and me to it when we were children. I also had studied and research the psychology of yoga in my university abroad. But this was an entirely new paradigm.
At the ashram I was forced to confront the fact that my yoga was without depth. This spurred me on to go deeper into the practice and to begin living the teachings of yoga. Through the guidance of my spiritual teacher, Sri Vasudeva, I began exploring the mystical side of yoga. With his support I began tuning into myself and learning the deeper principles of yoga.
Yoga Gives Us The Power To Self-Manage
By working on myself through yoga something magical happened. As I learned to manage myself all the outer circumstances started to take care of themselves. When I learned to direct my own energies on every level I felt like I took charge of my life. You could say that practising yoga helped me to get my life on track. I no longer felt like a victim of life circumstances.
Instead I felt that yoga had given to me a life full of possibilities. Now I had the freedom to choose where I wanted to go with myself and the tools to work towards it. Learning to manage my physical body, emotions, and my mind showed me exactly what I could accomplish in my life. It motivated me to pursue my inner goals for myself and my community.
I am beginning to understand that when we are inspired to pursue our best selves, that inspiration is infectious. Yoga is that striving for our best selves. It has the power to reveal our potential on every level. I found a great sense of fulfilment and purpose when I started to share that inspiration to live a better life with others. That is how I continue to stay with the practice of yoga and began to teach.
Yoga Unlocks Our Potential
Throughout my life I have always been unusually sensitive. When I was younger I did not connect it to my yoga practice, but as I grew older and more experienced I realized that I was experiencing subtle energies. I could connect and have awareness of our existence that is beyond the physical. I believe that this was a direct result of being with my teacher from a very young age.
The exploration of the subtle energy dimension of life, in yoga and in teaching became my passion. Yoga has a rich education in mystical experience and a framework of subtle energy existence. Learning to be energy aware and to manage our lives from a place of energy awareness has been incredibly rewarding. Operating from energy awareness gives us many more options to the challenges that we face in life.
It is this aspect of yoga that I dedicate my practice and my discipline. I have seen in myself and in others who practice yoga in this way, from a place of energy awareness, that there is a different quality of mastery over life. I find this exploration to be very exciting and I believe it is the next frontier of human development.
My Great Joy In Yoga