Yoga is about finding my true nature
Yoga is often translated as a discipline that aims to create a harmony between body, mind and spirit – a union between the Individual Self and Universal Consciousness. If you are familiar with the study of Samkhya philosophy you know that life is suffering – a suffering that is caused by a misperceived reality and thus false knowledge. The ultimate goal in Yoga practice is to change my course by walking the path of true consciousness, which as a result liberates me from this suffering.
Understanding the Invisible
The practice of Asana (yogic poses), Pranayama (breath control) and Meditation allows me to access my supreme intellect and avoid acquiring false knowledge. It gives me the opportunity to connect from within and look beyond what I can see with my eyes. The more I practice, the more aware I am of my body, my mind and my breathing. For me, this union of body, mind & spirit is just a portal, an entrance to something much greater that emerges once I allow myself to move beyond.
A portal to transformation
I believe that as long as you are eager to accomplish this union, you are very much trapped in your thinking mind, you do with means to an end! Surprisingly, there is no end in Yoga. Since I started my Yoga journey, it’s been all about facing my fears, overcoming them, and letting go of what is no longer meaningful to me. Life is about finding my purpose, and Yoga is a constant tool that provides me with strength, focus, compassion, and a sattvic (balanced) state of being.
The hidden supreme intellect (Buddhi) unfolds before me. It is as if you have access to a knowledge that is beyond what can be explained in words. You just know. It is very easy to understand. It is crystal clear, without any judgement, unaffected by the way it is delivered, yet so true and meaningful. You don’t know where it comes from, but you trust it blindly. It is from very deep Inside of you. If you meditate regularly, I am sure you have already caught a glimpse of this intellect.
The way yoga encourages you to gradually change in a very intentional way inspires me deeply – so subtle and yet so powerful. For me as a teacher, it is beautiful to watch my students evolve, to see them acknowledge responsibility for themselves, for their actions or non-actions, and for their words.
I question & I doubt
Sometimes I wonder, if everyone is given the opportunity to transform, to go beyond and access a supreme distinguishing knowledge, why don’t they? This too is Yoga: I question & doubt 😉.
Living and walking in my truth is a daily challenge. Yoga helps me center and focus as I move forward – All life is Yoga!