Yoga Sutras are very poetic, with each sutra being like a magic thread weaving a rug for us to stand and sometimes to fly on. Firstly, Yoga Sutras are highly rational and logical. It is not based on blind belief. Instead, we are asked to practice reasoned convictions to stay on the path, unlike the blind belief that can sway us away like a feather with a wind. As a result, we gain mental clarity through rational knowledge and practice
Yoga is an alchemy of transformation. We can also say that alchemy is the magical process of transformation and creation characterized by the transmutation of ordinary metal into gold. The practice of yoga is a pathway of transformation. In other words, when we enter the path of yoga, we embark on the beautiful process of creating a new reality. Yoga can help us to shift our perspective, and consequently change our reality. So, we rid of the patterns that no longer serve us and adopt new patterns that are in line with our true inner self.
If you want to know if your meditation is working, listen to your inner dialog and observe your relationships.
Become friends with yourself. Once you learn how to treat yourself well, it will automatically translate into your relationships with others and the world.
Learn how to manage stress. In our culture, we demonize stress. Yet, stress is not something that happens to us but rather a physical reaction to our circumstances. Both pain and stress are reactions multiplied by resistance.
Reduce brain chatter.
A quote from a book that made me cry and change my life forever!
A Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. The author talks about his horrific experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Victor Frankl survived the most gruesome experiences a human can endure. Everything that makes us human was taken away from him. Yet, it was not what happened to Victor Frankl but how he responded. Even when everything was taken from him, Viktor Frankl found freedom and power in his ability to choose his response.
We, humans, have been trying to understand the world since the dawn of time. Our curiosity helped us to touch on some of nature’s hidden secrets: the constitution of matter, energy, the fabric of space-time, the origins of the Universe, nature, the magic of DNA, to name a few. But, of course, there are so … Read more
5 Easy Steps That Helped Me Shed 35 Pounds. Before: 145 lb., size 14/16 (Age 23) After: 110 lb., size 2/4 (Age 41) Total pounds lost: 35 lb. (years maintained: 18) Total sizes lost: 10 Change or Die. Honestly, the beginning of my fitness journey was painfully stupid. First, I quit smoking (after six unsuccessful … Read more
What is Yoga? If you google “yoga,” you will find many colorful pictures with pretty and fit people. They typically dressed in revealing attire, adopting complicated physical and often gymnastic postures. Other pictures show blissful ladies and gentlemen sitting cross-legged with eyes closed, looking content and relaxed. This is how most of you probably think … Read more
Let’s unpack the differences between Yoga and Pilates. My Yoga and Pilates Journey In 2002, I took my first yoga class in New York City. Over the next few decades, I’ve practiced Jivamukti, Mysore, and Iyengar. I dedicated at least one year to each discipline. Also, I’ve tried hot, acro, partner, and aerial yoga styles. … Read more
Beyond “Whimp” Cultivating Courage (Part I) What is Yoga of Dog Walking? In short, if you want to know your yoga practice is working then, walk a dog. Why do you practice yoga? Or why do you take any actions in your life, for that matter? Now, post your answer in the comment field below … Read more