I have been practicing yoga for nearly four years now. I truly love yoga. From the outside in and inside out, yoga has thoroughly blend into my life, coloring it bright. I’m certain I will continue to practice.
I have had health problems with my heart since I was young. Later with work and its long hours in a high pressure and tense environment, at the age of thirty, I was already facing the triple problems of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. I inadvertently ended up in a yoga class. At first I was attracted to the studio environment, where a sky and mountain view can be seen in every room. It had been awhile since I took a good look at the Taipei sky. It was such a beautiful view and so comforting that my mind started to settle. I liked taking the basic classes. Overtime as I worked on coordinating my breath with my movement, slowly my body began to transform. I went from being 50 centimeter away from the floor to touching it in standing forward folds. There were also poses that I had never tried before, yet unexpectedly I was able to do them. Often I would have discussions after classes with teachers and other students about bringing yoga into everyday life. I started watching my diet and choosing lighter and less greasy natural foods, eating one vegetarian meal a day. Gradually my physical shape and health began to improve.
“Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu” was the chant that we most often do in Lynn’s Jivamukti classes. I always felt touched differently each time.
Once when I was out in Yangming Mountain on a beautiful sunny day, I felt unusually spirited and was choked up by my own feelings. Being connected to Mother Nature early in the morning, I started to meditate and dedicated this rare experience to the person in my heart. With the birds chirping, I completed my asana practice. At noon, I enjoyed a lovingly made vegetarian kaiseki meal. Later in the afternoon kirtan, hearing this familiar “Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu” performed by these top musicians, I couldn’t help myself but welled up with tears. It was a release, a kind of surrender, also a sense of gratitude and joy.
I’m thankful to all the people, things and events that accompanied me on this path of practice. There were times that I leaped ahead and times that I got stuck, but I will continue to learn and go through this process to fully experience my life.