What do you get when you take a handful of meditators, mix them with three teachers and put them in Northern India on the banks of the Ganga River?
An experience of a life time and a deep exploration of the roots of Eastern wisdom, spirituality, meditation and yoga.
I have been studying yoga for years. I have been practicing yoga and meditation for years. I have read the Bhagavad Gita, The Ramayana, the Sutras of Patanjali, and many more texts central to the world of yoga. In fact, I have even read most of these books several times and always I learn and grow from the experience. I have even felt familiar with these texts. But it was not till I traveled to India, that they really came to life for me.
I went to the source of the Ganga River – Devi Ganga and bathed in her waters (brrr). I joined pilgrims on their trails to shrines and pujas dedicated to Vishnu, Siva, Krishna, Hanuman and others. I sat in the same cave where Arjuna and his brothers rested after their battle in the Marabarata. I was even served coffee by a Sadu in that same cave as he told us of his practice of meditation and Brahmacharya. I meditated in the cave of Vishnagupta of the Shankara lineage. The Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita are now vibrantly alive for me in so many new ways, it will take months for me to be able to unravel and fully absorb these learnings.
I spent hours meditating and practicing yoga. I explored the towns of Rishikesh, Uttarkashi and Gongotri, and shared their streets with monks, beggars, holy men and holy cows, scavenging dogs and prankster monkeys. Yes, of course I drank lots of chai and ate lots of curry. Oh, and I spent hours on the roads of India – which is, in and of itself, an adventure.
There are so many stories to tell and wisdom to share – give me time and space and it will come. In the interim, I wanted to let you know I am back, teaching full time, available for privates and will be restarting the Meditation Circle next week.
Meditation Circle: Thursdays at 7:00, Village Green Yoga. Join us every week for an hour of guided meditation, pranayama and community support.
Speaking of meditation, maybe you are wondering if you should try it. Well, according to several scientific studies, meditation is good for the brain as well as for the heart, body and spirit. Yoga Journal recently published a review article that has done an excellent job of summarizing the most recent findings, click here to read their article.
With great gratitude and prayers for peace & well-being for all beings everywhere,
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Shalom & Namaste
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