As far as yoga is concern, everything is by design. Its goal is to make one become fully aware, not even one bit of darkness can remain inside; it is about lighting up the whole house.
An Inward Journey
Patanjali said, “By practicing the limbs of yoga, the impurities dwindle away.” Destroy your identification, confusion, anything that causes you to sink into chaos. Everything has become something else, nothing is clear. There is no center that is operating on its own, you have become the crowd. Everything continues to interfere with the nature of other things; that is impurity. When that impurity is destroyed, then suddenly there is light. Everything becomes completely clear. The chaotic crowd has disappeared and the clear perception is generated.
In practicing yoga, when I see the fluctuation of the mind through the gross awareness, I become more even more alert to the state of my mind in the present moment. And from there, it brings out even deeper contemplation and awareness within me.
Yoga is that simple and that is my life right now. I’m very happy. Actually everyone should live like this; allowing yoga to enrich your life. Any time I have the opportunity, I am very happy to share it with everyone else. Yoga has taken me to another peak of higher consciousness. It is a birth of a new life, as fresh as the morning dew.
Someone had put it this way once: “One can only live in the present moment.” Aside from a breath of air, we are not anything else. Especially during the yoga practice, it is a very profound experience.
Many years ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to do yoga and without any doubts I said yes. From that day on, I have not stopped practicing yoga. It opened my physical energy and my body told me I needed to do this. Just so happened, it was a time in my life, I was dipping low into the bottom, so perhaps it was not a coincidence that yoga came into my life at that time. When I practice, I enjoy being in the interweaving of the breath and movement. In each and every moment of the process, my mind becomes completely quiet. That is a very beautiful kind of stillness, a sense of spirituality. When I come to shavasana, everything dissolves. Just at the moment, may be is a certain divinity…what more can be said when you come to that kind of moment?
A Deep, Deep Impression
About four and half years ago, I came to SPACE and started to practice Ashtanga Yoga. It opened up an even deeper dimension of my inner energy. In these four years, I felt myself becoming stronger and steadier. It is not just my body, but also on a mental and spiritual level. If you look at it closely, it is as if you can see a firm yet free soul.
If it wasn’t for the guidance of Ann and Hedy, I wouldn’t have the understanding I have now about the essence of Ashtanga. Though their energy, I was able to go deeper into Ashtanga.
Life is one continuous journey. I’m very happy to be able to meet you both on the journey. Thank you Ann. Thank you Hedy, and thank you SPACE.