Life throws you the unexpected - Kala!

Dearest Yogis,

When life throws the unexpected at you, how do you respond? Life and death...

Well Life is presenting many things at many times. But I ask you to ask the universe for what you want. As alongside presenting you what you think that you don't want and that you definitely don't need thrown up, it gives back! IT GIVES BACK. And it answers your prayers. I promise you that. Call out to the universe and it will respond, in time. 

"Every body has that chapter of darker, darker, days. Saturn keeps returning and its essence can't be changed. We plan our secret attack and the more you keep pushing, the more it's pushing you back." - Trevor Hall

You really can't rush your healing and darkness has its teachings. So take your time! Let time be nothing.

A beautiful teacher once said to me, it takes a while to arrive at the Island, even a lifetime. But what you can do is use that time as a wonderful gift. 

Time - you are not running out, you are running in!

"Confusion clouds the heart, but it also points the way. Quieten down the mind, the more the song will play."

...sings Trevor hall. The concept of time is a wonderful one that we will explore this week and look at which way the heart is guiding us. 


'Kala' Kaal or Kālá in sanskrit is a word used to mean time. The Tamil word kaalam refers to duration (an interval) in time. It also means a skilled craft, a performing art such as singing, dance, or drama, as well as being the name of a deity.

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'Bhairava' originates from the word bhīru, which means "fearful". Bhairava means "terribly fearful form". It is also known as one who destroys fear or one who is beyond fear. The right interpretation is that he protects his devotees from dreadful enemies, greed, lust and anger. These enemies are dangerous as they never allow us to seek God within.

Bha means creationra means sustenance and va means destruction. Therefore, Bhairava is the one who creates, sustains and dissolves the three stages of life, he becomes the ultimate or the supreme.

Kala Bhairava is conceptualized as the Guru of the planetary deity, Shani (Saturn). Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation, a wandering form of Lord Shiva. Kala Bhairava, who is the supreme ruler of time of this universe as per Hindu scriptures. Bhairavi is the consort of Kala Bhairava. Bhairava is also called upon as protector, as he guards the eight directions of the universe. Bhairava is also described as the protector of women. He is described as the protector of the timid and in general women who are timid in nature.

The idea that healing comes with time, that there is a concept around doing things at the right time/ wrong time,and that things come and go and suprise us when we least expect it, fascinates me. As I always, always, bring everything back to the Heart. Matters of the heart have no logic. Matters of the heart sing loudly and we often attempt to think of time and logic as going hand in hand and yet, they don't! Often in our own travels through life, the heart is guiding you. Take your time, as well as grab the bull by the horns and just go for it, whether time makes sense or not! 

Through receiving a tragic phonecall a couple of nights ago regarding a family member now having had their life turned upside down and close to death, it's been a sad yet total reminder, again and again to trust the heart, to let time be no factor and to act as you will through your truth, through the heart. This becomes a dance of life, an art! It's time to face you, life, moment to moment, tell those that you love how much they mean to you each and every day. Tell yourself how incredible you are! And breathe the beauty of life in to your body. Let it radiate out from within and enjoy living! 

The lyrics from Trevor Halls song Forgive give great direction... 

[Poetry Interlude: Luka Lesson]
Forgive everything that has ever happened
Life is everything we can imagine
Laid out in patterns of pain and passion
You cannot control it
So keep your compassion
There are no accidents
There are no factions
There is no us or them
Nothing to borrow or lend
No enemy or friend
And only forgiveness can make that happen
The only battle worth the fight
From the Rwandan genocide
To the Seven Sisters forgiving Orion for how he chases them across the skies every night
Forgiveness is for giving
So give yourself this gift from time to time
And let all of your mistakes
Become all of your greatest gifts
In disguise

In yoga, we observe our Samskaras. These are our subtle impressions of our past actions.  Actions that we perform with full awareness are the ones that make the greatest impression on our mind. This is where intention applies, as it is that which gives power to the action. Sam means well planned/thought out, and kara means “the action under-taken.” Thus, “samskara” means “the impression of, the impact of, the action we perform with full awareness of its goals.”

When we repeat action, power is enhanced and this is where habit is formed. 

The stronger the habit, the less mastery we have over our mind when we try to execute an action that is contrary to our habit patterns. We all have seen how our habit patterns subtly yet powerfully motivate our thoughts, speech, and actions. When our habit patterns become so ingrained that they alter our body chemistry, it is called “addiction." When they become strong enough to alter our thinking process, it is called “samskara.” At this stage we no longer remember when or how this process started. And without introspection or retentive power we fail to discover the realm of the mind where these samskaras are stored. When our mental world is totally under the influence of these powerful impressions they become the determining factors of our personality, and due to these samskaras we perceive this world in our habitual ways, says Yoga International. Now we have little choice but to see ourselves and the world in accordance with these potent impressions from our past deeds. Samskaras have the force of destiny. To those who lack self-trust and self-confidence, destiny cannot be altered. Samskaras are both good and not great, based on the action itself. 

So quite naturally, lets explore Shiva, both consciousness and Lord of the Dance. Lets use time and observe time and find the annilation of fear and negative Samskaras! Our yoga this week will symbolise the dance of the universe, the fluctuating, changing, ups and downs, and whirlings of life. 

If you wish to be free,
Know you are the Self,
The witness of all these,
The heart of awareness. 
Set your body aside.
Sit in your own awareness.
You will at once be happy,
Forever still, Forever free.
You are everywhere,
Forever free.
If you think you are free, You are free.
If you think you are bound, You are bound.
Meditate on the Self.One without two,
Exalted awareness. 
~ Ashtavakra Gita 1.4–14, Translator: Thomas Byrom


Heres a little Mantra for you to repeat in meditation. 

God Shiva - Me-shell Ndegeocello

God Shiva is imminent love and transcendent reality
God Shiva my supreme reality

I am here no longer a vision birthed into my body
I accept praise, blame, joy, sorrow
I realize we are in truth the truth we seek god
Perfect this very moment

God Shiva (my love supreme) is imminent love and transcendent reality
God Shiva my supreme reality
So desire no more what you already possess
You are already free
Your divine nature is to love
My soul identical to god
On a journey to return to my creator
To a peace far beyond passion
A state of bliss
God Shiva is imminent love and transcendent reality
(My love, how sweet the fruits of his love)
God Shiva my supreme reality
You are my mind of the mind
My eye of eye
The life of my life
You are my mind of the mind
My eye of eye
Do you my soul I have realized
Free me from this life
God Shiva is imminent love and transcendent reality
God Shiva my supreme reality
You are truth
The truth you seek
Beyond truth
The truth you
You are in truth
The truth you seek
Free me from this world
Free me from my body
Free me from this world
My supreme reality
Imminent love
Is imminent love
Is imminent love
Transcendent reality
Is imminent love
My supreme reality


See you in class!

TUES PM 19:30-21:00 Matter, BS5

WED AM 10:00-11:30 Yogasara, BS6

(THIS WEEK ONLY) WED LUNCH 12.30-1.45 Yogasara, BS6


Namaste. x


What is Love... Be Here Now.

“You are loved just for Being who you are, just for existing. 

You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success- none of that matters. 

No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.”
-Ram Dass

Today I wish to talk about LOVE.

Well of course here in the west on Wednesday 14th February, we take this day as one where we tell those that we care for, that we Love them. We do nice things together, we kiss, we hug, we share in good times. We also may well be alone, but does that mean that there is no love? I mean, what is love anyway? Why and how do we feel it and where does it come from? This idea to celebrate on one day, I find to be both brilliant and totally unnecessary. But yet, do you tell those everyday that you love them, do you tell yourself? I raise my kids to say I love you everyday and most of all, I tell them to say it to themselves. They often list and recite to me who they love. It's poetic and joyful, raw and true. There are no inhibitions in the land of a child. they are honest. 

So this week as i pondered Love, I returned to Ram Dass and his incredible words on the Entrance to Oneness. And I include some excerpts here for you that I gained much pleasure from reading... 

If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness. That’s the space I entered when I met my guru.
This love is like sunshine, a natural force, a completion of what is, a bliss that permeates every particle of existence. In Sanskrit it’s called sat-cit-ananda, “truth-consciousness-bliss,” the bliss of consciousness of existence. That vibrational field of ananda love permeates everything; everything in that vibration is in love. It’s a different state of being beyond the mind.
Unconditional love is so hard to describe, and why the best descriptions come from mystic poets. Most of our descriptions are from the point of view of conditional love, from an interpersonal standpoint that just dissolves in that unconditioned place.

So I welcome to the path of the heart! Believe it or not, this can be your reality, to be loved unconditionally and to begin to become that love. This path of love doesn’t go anywhere. It just brings you more here, into the present moment, into the reality of who you already are. This path takes you out of your mind and into your heart.

Between the love that we seek and the love that is already there. 

Take a listen to this lovely track. As it sings, the work is never done. Soon as the moon falls, here comes the sun. Give us a balance on the path, there is no need to ask for more. Let THIS soften our soul and focus our stare. 

"Don't let your soul get lonely Child it's only time, it will go by Don't look for love in faces, places It's in you that's where you will find kindness."

One of my dearest friends said to me, that even those that you think are the most loyal can let you down. You can let yourself down. But don't loose your faith. 

If we look to the Yogic Scriptures of The Upanishads, Tejobindu Upanishad reminds us of the 'beyondness' of reality. It tells us how one must move beyond ordinary experience and ordinary responses to be at one with it; beyond the guidance of texts themselves. This rang true to me in Love. In matters of the heart, there is no right or wrong, there is no way of describing your experience or even normalising it. Your experience is directly what it is. What it helps us to know is how we must transcend scripture itself in search for ones destiny. Do not look at another experience and wish for it, don't look at your own and or follow a way of living that is written in a text. Love is written in the stars and all you have to do is to allow it to manifest just how its meant to in you. You are pure love. The I am 'Atman'

The realization of Atman.

(...) I am of the nature of consciousness.
I am made of consciousness and bliss.
I am nondual, pure in form, absolute knowledge, absolute love.
I am changeless, devoid of desire or anger, I am detached.
I am One Essence, unlimitedness, utter consciousness.
I am boundless Bliss, existence and transcendent Bliss.
I am the Atman, that revels in itself.
I am the Sacchidananda that is eternal, enlightened and pure.

— Tejobindu Upanishad, 3.1-3.12 (Abridged)[33][34]

As the mystic poet Kabir says... 

Love Stories Are Sweet

"Akath Kahani Prem Ki, Kuch Kahi Na Jaye, Goonge Keri Sarkara, Baithe Muskae." Meaning: "Inexpressible is the story of love, no one can fully describe what it feels like, Similar to the dumb guy who has eaten sweet sugar, he can only smile to show his pleasure."

So eat sugar or chocolate is my preference and smile in the face of Love this week. 

In class, let's move in breath and in Asana and feel the heart open up with contentment this night and this week, as we practice Yoga together, we will explore Vishnu, the Lord of Love.

Ananta, a word meaning “unending” or “infinite,” describes what is timeless, beyond birth, growth, death, and all modifications—a limitless state of joy and contentment. This sweet, natural state of ours, beyond the things of the senses, is embodied by the vast mythological serpent, Ananta, whose coils support the universe and who serves as Vishnu's couch when Vishnu rests between avataric incarnations. If you add -asana to Ananta, you have the name of a yoga pose which can help us cultivate this innate sense of contentment, equanimity, and timelessness. 

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Vishnu is the Lord of Love and preservation. The asana Anantasana is used to symbolise Vishnu resting on a cosmic-serpent couch as he dreams the world into existence, he looks calm and effortlessly equanimous.

It should be noted that losing your balance is not a bad thing in this posture; as it brings the edges of extremes to light and shows you where you need more physical or mental support. Lord Vishnu pose stretches the hamstrings, calves, groin and pelvis. It also tones the abdominals and increases hip mobility. 

Anantasana encourages us to drop deep inside. By staying sensitive, clear, and courageous in all of your poses, you can become more aware of the tiny adjustments that you need to make in order to stay stable in Anantasana.

These are the qualities in acton that I believe we need when facing matters of Love. Love doesn't always work out how we hope, it can challenge us and even sustaining self love is hard. What we are doing is learning to create stability on the razors edge in a constant sea of change. That is the love, that is the work that is never done!

Patanjali says in Yoga Sutra 2.47, “By relaxing effort and fixing the mind on the infinite [ananta], asana is perfected.” How does it feel to embody this sutra in your practice?

Lets see as we move, love and let life be here and now.

Namaste all you lovers of mine. Sending you all an abundance of love. x



GRATITUDE brings boundless radiance...

So when we get ill its an amazing time where the body is actually presenting you a gift to rid the body of what it does not need and to empty out and start again. Becoming ill for me, was a way of the emotional energy to also release, purify and detox the body of the toxins that arose in harder times. It has been really helpful and transformative in knowing how our bodies are here to help. Not only that but at this time we have also been riding off the back of that super moon, eclipse and creeping towards Spring! 

Falling down is happening to many of us and I came down hard last week, but with taking in no food, lots of herbs and home remedies, it shifted just as quick as its come and already I feel lighter and brighter. This is also as the mind itself shifting too and when we allow ourselves to be the witness, we can observe all the ways that our body functions work to serve us on a mental and physical level, each and every day. 

So, this weeks yoga practice is one of gratitude. When i listen to this song it fills me up with joy, reflections of life and its qualities 

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Gratitude to the flow of nature in ourselves and all around us that carries us through, presents us with new ways to process life experiences and shift energy so we may continue on. Music is emotive and it has too been feeding me whilst overcoming illness and heartache and chanting is one way to call upon the inner strength and power you have within to simply accept and find freedom.

As we chant Jai Ma we are chanting to Goddess Mother Durga - she is one whom symbolises strength and power. The embodiment of knowledge, purity, self-realisation and truth. We are connecting with a supreme consciousness beyond space and time, one that is infinite. She is the divine feminine power that is not defeated by any man or woman. 

In sanskrit Durga translates to 'a place' that is protected. She is the protector to mankind from misery and destroys the forces that bring this to us such as jealousy, prejudice, selfishness, hatred, anger, and ego.

Illusion that underlies our material nature is lifted, anger, desire, greed, intoxication, delusion, arrogance of the ego and jealousy. Her light steers us through struggles we face at a soul level, helping us to work through and move beyond our individual karma. 

By honouring Durga we connect with Mother Nature, Mother Earth, and the Cosmic heavens, recognising her as the Mother of all.

So this week, lets reclaim our own divine nature as one with Her boundless radiance that is all-pervasive. Strength, power, femininity, and freedom. 

See you in class,




Keeping it simple...

This week I wish to keep it simple and share with you one picture, one quote and one song. 

 Ascetic practicing various techniques of yoga and tapas (~1825)

Ascetic practicing various techniques of yoga and tapas (~1825)


"Hatha Yoga is a technical system whose purpose is to achieve 'freedom', 'release' or 'salvation' for its practitioners... 'Self Realisation'. Self Realisation is an abbreviated way of saying 'the realisation of one's true identity as the Self, the Self (with a capital initial) being the paramatman (the highest or supreme Self), who, according to Yoga Philosophy is identical to Brahman (the Absolute)." - Mikel Burley, Hatha-Yoga.

See you in class this week to practice Hatha Yoga, as we begin to delve deep this year in to the complete and integral system of spiritual development for body, mind and soul to discover in-depth knowledge about the subtle body and its energy, using not only asana (postures), but also pranayama (breath control), mantra (mind freeing sound) and meditation. 

Can you begin to practice Yoga in its truest form and be open to the transformative qualities that arise? Come back home, create space and trust.

I look forward to exploring this alongside you.

Namaste x


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Namaste x


Be Golden, be you. Give and Love.

Take the Seat of Isis

seat of isis

So last week, I launched my Crowdfunder http:// and I am sooooo grateful to those of you that have begun to contribute to the fund already! THANK YOU! There is still time to be a part of helping...

Essentially, i need you-R HELP to make this possible AND yet with all the Rewards for donations, let alone how your contributions will be invested in making yoga far more accessible to you, rich and alive with so many more beautiful offerings - I CAN GIVE TO YOU TOO!!!!

That is the reason I am going! The role of the teacher is to bring and continue to bring more and more of their wisdom, knowledge and connectivity to the teachings, directly back to the student and because i LOVE AND VALUE SOOOOOOO MUCH MY COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS, let alone the abundance of global yogis that I am yet to meet face to face, i INTEND TO BRING IT ALL BACK AND OFFER IT DIRECTLY TO YOU ALL TO ENHANCE YOUR PRACTICE AND KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE, DEVOTION, COMPASSION, MUSIC AND MEDITATION, let alone all the hands on assists, new sequences of asana and the richness of India, my passion and total dedication to serve you. 

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Love is magnetic
love is wise
Love has the power
to open our mind
Deeper than thought
Below this breathe
stronger than time
Untouched by death
My love for you is ancient
My love for you Is blessed, 
my love for you stretches
Into this endless bliss

In class this week, we will explore 'Ahimsa' one of the 5 tenants of Jivamukti Yoga. it is about being kind, compassionate and 'Non-Violent' to the self and to those around you. It requires to 'Think' and to find 'freedom'. It is the universal GOLD towards developing consciousness and a unconditional Love. It requires us to take the seat of Isis, ground and awaken our feet so we can find the golden qualities within. 


As a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). This is a radical idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and all other animals exist for our benefit and to be exploited for our own selfish purposes. So the practice of asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment – the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.

Just like Gold itself being the least reactive metal and solid. Aren't these qualities fab to have! It is resistant to most acids. It is capable of dissolving, but not through a chemical reaction. Most wonderfully, Gold is thought to have have been produced in supernova nucleosynthesis, from the collision of neutron stars,[6]and to have been present in the dust from which the Solar System formed. Because the Earth was molten when it was formed, almost all of the gold present in the early Earth probably sank into the planetary core

WOW! I like to look at this as a metaphor to me and you! If you imagine that you are PURE GOLD!!! Think of the wonderful qualities you hold within. Not only are you shiny and delightful to look at, but you radiate and all your assets are so wonderfully Shanti. You are formed from a star and you are a part of this expansiveness we live in, as tiny as dust, as big as the universe, all around you exist inseparable from oneness, you are beautiful.  

As I cycled through the Bristol streets on Sunday I just had this overwhelming sense of wanting to give back to this City that gives so much to me. Its creativity, its open-mindedness, its wonder-filled abundance of dedicated and passionate people, trying their hardest to create positive change in the World, whilst making ends meat and doing their best to be loving beings. Its tough ain't it. But if there is any one place that is doing it well, its Bristol. 

Lets shine like Gold and be kind, give and love.

Namaste. x


Purify and Set your Spirit Free.....


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YES YOU!!! Your Spirit. On the weekend I have been so grateful for my yoga off the mat and that living Yoga brings connection. That off the mat Yoga has been in the form of making time and space to nurture the friendships I have in my life, to nurture the beauty of Bristol, to love and to be loved. This song completely just sums up the feeling that I have awoken with this week. There is this feeling in me to make change so powerfully, always, yet there is also this complete gratitude for this life, the people and the place I choose to live in.

Last weeks practice was a powerful one, one that may have brought up a lot of resistance and emotion of varying kinds for some of you, either while on your mat in class or when you exited. I saw it and I held it and I was really awakened once again and as always by the power of Yoga to do that and watch it in my beautiful students. And why does it do that? Well, it is as you dive in to the true nature of the Self.

If we look at 'Redemption' what does it mean?

Redemption - the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.

We could say that another word for saving is freeing!!!!


So we don't need saving from all that arises, we could say we just need to find the freedom?! 

It's all you ever have. It is your song. Set your spirit free.

There is a wonderful story of a Monk that is called 'Ah so' ... the summary of it is how whatever occurs you learn to just go with it and accept it. Let it become an addition to your life.... where you just learn to accept whatever occurs. That is beautiful. You learn to have options yet to hold them for yourself at times and be open enough to see and appreciate the views of others, the actions of others, the non judgement of others - that is freedom. 

Lets celebrate your freedom! You have it!!!!!

So we return to asking ourselves - when are we free? How do we experience freedom?

It is said in Yoga that the study of the self involves 'determining where need ends and greed begins'. We can make that determination only by experimenting with our body and mind until we figure out how to remove clutter and confusion. This is known as the Chitta-vritti, or mind fluctuations. 

At the weekend, I had the absolute honour to spend several very poignant minutes standing on the harbourside in Bristol and engaging in conversation with a man that was very clearly on drugs of some kind and potentially had some mental health issues and yet was speaking nothing but the truth, through the chaos of his mind on the drugs, he was articulating his thoughts and these were so wise. He was so passionate and focused in many ways. He had the clarity of knowing the ability we have to understand the mind, he knew how to engage, he was aware of the inseparability of he and I and those others of us around, yet it was almost as if this in itself was slightly bewildering for him. It was as if he didnt know how to experience it, reality, as we see it, without moving away from it by getting totally off his head and out of his mind. This is speculation of course, as I don't know why he made the choice to get high, or if it was no longer a choice but an addiction - but that's the point - it is an option always at some stage, but where that moves to after, who knows. It is an action.

Without space, creation can not take place. If there is no space you can think of nothing and receive nothing. If you are not allowing space, how can you expect to find clarity. It is the space that invites the wisdom and allows you to understand the 'I-am' or the God in you! The higher Self in you and all around. 

So is this Avidya - is this 'Ignorance of the Self', being the thing of what you think you know, being actually false, that becomes the obstacleA Klesha! 

So to take action and make change we begin to connect and look often to a training of the mind, a spiritual practice of some kind. Ask yourself, why did you begin Yoga?

Deep rooted, was it to remove this ignorance and to become more connected?

This beautiful, yet very challenged man (which just autocorrected to 'angel' just then, which made me humbly smile - as that is what we all are!!!),  human too! Underneath everything, what he was saying and doing was rooted in the need for connection and to remove the struggle. And he even stated it many times, inviting us to connect, asking to connect. Wishing to hang out and be more a part of a community!!! It is simple really what many of us Need as opposed to Greed. 

But!!! In order to do that, he needed to potentially (i suggest only) remove some of the obstacles, Avidya being the first. But how do we do that????

It requires discipline, study and devotion!!! This is Kriya!

Because essentially as Stevie Wonder sings in Higher Ground... 'the world keeps on turning - til ya reach your higher ground'. But to reach it - you must take action and find the freedom. 

We perform the Kriyas to reach a higher place, a deeper connection with god (which is not religious but a word used to describe something higher than you) or the realisation of the Self. Patanjali repeats how this is so simple! He created the simple 3 step plan...

1. discipline 2. study 3. devotion!!!

Practicing these three things leads to the attainment of enlightenment - Kriya Yoga.

Kriya comes from the same Sanskrit word as Karma. However the meaning of Kriya is specifically meaning action that is taken specifically for purification purposes. 

We need to purify ourselves through cleansing practices, that are Kriyas in Yoga, to purify our lives towards this realisation. This is the action of Yoga!

There are 3 criteria that Patanjali states which must be met in order to begin:

1. Tapah - to burn

2. Svadhyaya: study of the higher self

3. Ishvara pranidhana: to devote or give up all the actions - thought, word, and deed of your life to God. 

As we know, this as Westerners can not look in a specific way when we lead very normal and active lives. But it can be done in your own way. This is YOUR Sadana (spiritual practice). This can be done by making a fire. The flames you feel inside are the difficulties and the light burns away our selfishness - we burn away the impurities we all create. The fire element in the body is internalised. This main impurity is Avidya - ignorance - so we offer the fire our Ego - our lower self. 

If we stay the same  - if we don't allow those resistances or emotions that arose from last week to rise up, how can we begin to burn them away, how can we begin to generate transformative heat within ourselves. Do you wish to become complacent and stay the same?????

The psychotherapeutic power of the yoga practices have the ability to bring unconscious feelings to the surface. If we direct these to realisation of self and something higher, as opposed to expressing these as selfish emotions/ actions - these can become liberating rather than binding! 

This becomes a Yoga practice that amplifies and directs pranic flow - life force (as emotions are simply a flow of energy moving within the body). 

So as we practice yoga - we might sweat! This is purifying yes, and we may feel good and like we created heat - yes. But simply moving and sweating isn't Kriya. Where is the devotion aspect that is selfless? The Ishvara Pranidhana - the relinquishing of selfish motives?

I went to hot yoga for the first time over the weekend to see what it was that I was missing. Yes it was great - I felt good but I myself had to remind myself to devote my practice as I moved through all the 3 aspects, as without that knowing wisdom, there was no reminder. This of course may not matter or be of any interest to some Yogis or teachers, but is it then Yoga? Is it simply a very well formulated movement practice? In svadhyaya you are at the mercy of the obsessions of the smaller self. 

NEED AND GREED!!!! (Trick or Treat)

Truth is relative in the realm of the senses - tis true. The senses do not lead us to truth. No matter how much we pursue the pleasure aspect of the senses - we can never get enough. That man will never have enough drugs. We can never run away from pain either - no matter how hard we try, the drugs will not let us escape forever! We won't run fast enough.

So we could say that the 2 things that this creates, 'attachment' and 'aversion' bring nothing but disappointment!!!!

"Giving up attachment to the ego and the world of the senses is tapasic, and thus purifying." - Jiva

So as others are greedily running around Trick or Treating and death is upon us in this eve of Halloween....

Can you begin Kriya? Can you find space and freedom. Can you begin to remove Avidya and welcome life?

See you on the mat to explore - oooooooooooooohohhhohoohoohoohhhhhoooooo!!!!!!

I guarantee this isn't a trick and will definitely be a treat!!!! Come set your spirit free.

Namaste x


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