Wishing everyone a very healthy, happy, peaceful & prosperous New Year 2021!
Every January, I get to meet new students or some old ones appearing after a long time. Everyone charged with new resolutions or some renewed ones! :-)
Nevertheless, in the last 5 years, I enjoyed sharing the benefits of Yoga and so grateful for the experience of practicing with all the Yogis @Sundar Yoga!
To all Yogis at Sundar Yoga, thank you and kudos for your dedication towards the holistic well being of yourself and inspiring others around you.
We learn-explore-discuss during every session that practicing Yogic lifestyle touches every aspect of our life and thus guiding us towards Sattva- pure-positive mindset. This incredibly enhances our approach and then experience; to day to day activities, responsibilities, relations.
सच्चिदानंद- Satchitananda (truth/existence, consciousness, and bliss) is the pure happiness which is reflected from within one's self and not dependent on anything external.
Every year, I also plan and work towards learning and exploring more about the Yoga Philosophy, the universe around us, new skills (if possible!). Some get completed, some are in progress - slow and steady. Here are a few nuggets of Wisdom sharing forward. We have discussed some of these in our sessions and will continue to do so.
Sattvic Bhav (pure, positive mindset/energy within) is contagious!
!!आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वत!!
‘Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah' - Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions
Rig Veda 1:89.1
During our meditative practice, we realize and remind ourselves that this is not difficult to follow or only to be found in books or going away from my daily routine. I need to be truthful to my heart- which keeps receiving impurities and sending pure energy back.
Yoga reminds us not to identify ourselves with our thoughts. Thoughts come and go; means we can control them. Yoga principles- Yamas, Niyamas are the Anahat(constant) reminder to bring out Sattvic (pure,positivite) energy within, spreading positivity and seeing positive-good in everyone.
Yoga is the art which brings an incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective and coherent state
Through Yogic lifestyle, we practice, we promise- we influence our Vrittis- state of mind and also Pratyayas- thoughts within those states; with consistent, deliberate positive and Shreyas- right/good behavior- choices- actions, Bhav- intentions/feelings.
Karma- actions we take (conduct), create 3 types of Sanskars - impressions, effects
The physical effect which is seen, experienced. As an example- I helped someone build a chair. The chair is the physical aspect of that Karma.
It creates a Sanskar -impression on my mind reflecting the Bhav feeling/intent, with which I performed the task. So more the positive- constructive- good Bhav; positive the impression on my own Vrttis & Pratyayas(State of mind and thoughts within). This further helps build positive experience and positivity within for me.
The third impression is like a ripple sent to the Sarvabhouma Karma Sanchaya- Universal bank of actions/activities. :-)
Such a great yet simple way to create more and more Sattvic energy, pure- positive vibes around us!!!
Karma is further classified to Shreyas (the righteous -good) and Preyas (preferred)
Shreyas is harder and may not yield immediate benefit or materialistic luxury; yet it is the right thing to do and follow.
Preyas is usually easier, quick and giving short term benefits- luxury- materialistic success.
Yoga reminds us not to fall for Preyas but to always opt and assert on Shreyas.
With the new year, let’s insist on Sattva bhav (pure, positive, constructive mindset) within and around us.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu, Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti ||
may everyone be happy, may everyone be free from all diseases
may everyone see goodness and auspiciousness in every thing, may none be unhappy or distressed
Om peace, peace, peace!