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Yogi of January – Lisa Shu

For a long time I was depressed and nothing seemed to go well. At that time a friend recommended that I take a Yoga class as a way to revitalize my energy. I set this advice aside and continued to seek a different remedy. Years later, I discovered SPACE YOGA near by my new home, and I thought to myself: "Maybe this is the place and time?" Perhaps it was all destined to be so, and a gentle force guided me to SPACE... and I began to walk on this strange yet familiar path of yoga.

On August 31, 2006, on my third day as a member at SPACE YOGA, I chose to participate in an Ashtanga Mysore class. Back then I had no idea about different yoga styles, I chose the morning Mysore session simply because it fit into my schedule.

With patience the instructor taught me Surya Namaskara A & B and told me after class: "We will stop here today! You are welcome to come to Ashtanga Led practice tomorrow. "I went back for a second day, a third day, forth day…and took the rest days off. Now I have been practicing Ashtanga for well over two years.

At the end of every class, a voice in my mind encourages me: "Continue the practice again tomorrow! " Without resistance I continued to practice for a period of time, and from the practice I experienced a profound sense of peace. It is this peace that I was seeking all along. Perhaps due to my ups and downs, this serene sense of calm was all the more powerful for me.

In the past, there seemed to be many tedious matters to trouble my mind, however since practicing yoga, all these unnecessary worries have settled down and become quiet. The way I perceive the world around me has also changed, and all my habitual patterns and behaviors have come into balance. This gradual change allowed me to open my heart and to be bright and positive.

Through continuous practice of yoga, little by little I am able to transform both my physical and spiritual body. I would like to share the following passage (exert from Sharon Moon's article).
"In the words of Donna Farhi," Yoga practice does not make life easier but we become easier with what life brings us. "Becoming a yogi does not mean we are able to avoid problems in life .Our practice guides us towards the heart so that we might meet situations, the "good" as well as the "bad" from this calm and full heart. Thus, instead of reacting, we act. Paramahansa Yogananda said: Be actively calm and calmly active.

Great appreciation to all the teachers who have led daily Ashtanga Mysore at SPACE An-Ho and Tien-Mu, thank you for accompanying us in every present moment with your compassionate "Bodhi"


Namaste
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