|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
A personal story
I have great conviction about the power of yoga to uplift our lives. This is because I have seen and experienced that power first-hand. Part of my inspiration in yoga is because of my mother's experience of battling cancer and finding her own inner strength through yoga.
My mother began practicing yoga with her master and Guru (now mines as well) when my sister and I were children. A few years after she began her practice she was diagnosed with breast cancer. My memories of all of this are a bit piecemeal, after all I was a child. But there are moments that I remember so clearly and with so much power.
After her initial diagnosis she underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. From this the cancer went into remission. But in a follow up a visit with her oncologist about two years later it had returned. They found traces of cancer in her chest. This is one of the memories I have that made an incredible mark on my being. I remember her oncologist saying that the diagnosis was not good and that she should begin getting her affairs in order. He thought that she would probably only have six more months.
This is the moment I remember. She looked at him, with a determination in her face and in her eyes, and said: "no I will live longer than that." And she did. She lived for about 13 more years. During that time she had many courses of chemo and battled fiercely for her life.
Through her practice of yoga she had acquired an inner strength that was unshakable. Certainly she was challenged by life, and certainly it was a difficult time. But she was able to manage herself, she was able to lift herself and remain committed to her family and friends.
I spent the last three years of her life very close to her. In that time I feel that I learnt so much yoga, so much about myself and life than I can imagine. She was a great yogini. But I want to be clear. She did not practice any yoga postures or anything outward that we would normally associate with yoga. Her practice was entirely internal, in the harnessing and mastery of mind and heart.
Her path of yoga led her to the mysteries of the spiritual dimension.
The Spiritual Dimension
In her last months on earth, shortly before she passed on, something happened within her. Though she did not speak of it openly, she underwent some shift inside herself. I believe that she had begun tapping into that spiritual dimension even more. When you looked at her, and into her eyes, there was something there that was indescribable. When she spoke there was a power in her voice.
Even though the body was incredibly diminished - she could not walk, she was bedridden, her strength was leaving the body - there was some other power that was growing within her. Certainly there is no doubt in my mind that she was tapping into that spiritual power that lies within all of us.
My own experience
When she passed away I entered into an ashram where I lived under close guidance of my master. It was there that I worked through my grief, and began applying the spiritual principles of yoga to my life in earnest . Shortly after I left the ashram and began operating in the world again, I experienced that inner power lies dormant within us.
Through my practice, through the guidance of my master, I made contact with something indescribable within me. From then my life became very different as I began to experience that spiritual dimension more and more. It is this connection that gave me the confidence to begin sharing yoga and supporting others in the practice.
From seeing the power of yoga for my mother and experiencing the power within myself I felt so much assurance that yoga can create positive transformation. That was when I began teaching and sharing in yoga.
Yoga can change your life!