Friday, July 18, 2014


Recently I was in Bloomington, IN teaching 12 students for a 200 Hour BambooMoves Teacher Training. It was hosted by the yoga studio Know Yoga Know Peace. So true, right? If one knows the full practice of the 8 limbs of yoga, they know peace. We find true peace because we listen to our intuition, our gut, our inner guide. No longer the social norms. We start to ask why is this, this way? Or why do we want to have a lot of money? Or why do we want to eat fast food or food with no nutrients in it? Or why do I want to watch this TV show? Or why do I want to go to a Yoga class? Why do I feel this way when I do something and another way when I choose something else.

Have you ever stopped to listen to the Om's before class and after class? Did you notice that the OM in the beginning of class was a little off tune? Were you then able to hear the difference at the end of class? This a prime example of how deeply we are all connected on an energetic level. Its not like you talked to you neighbor in class or we practiced during class to be on pitch but because we practiced together we connected energetically and it came out in the sound of the omnipresence, the OM

We are universally connected to the earth, wind, water, fire, ether and through these elements; we are connected to one another. In the book, The Yugas by Joseph Selbie & David Steinmetz through the teachings of Sri Yukteswar & Paramhansa Yogananda it speaks of where human kind is today and where it will be again. Notice, again, a place we were once, a deeper understanding and a true connection. It states: Today, unfortunately, mankind generally turns a blind eye to exploitation, inequity, and injustice. But, according to the insights of Sri Yukteswar, by the end of Dwarpara Yuga mankind will learn that the well-being of others is essential to each individual's happiness; as a result, the exploitation, inequity, and injustice we see around us today will gradually come to an end. But we need to have action now, this seems so simple and yet we still struggle and follow these social norms of family, friends, and culture.

Ayurveda is the sister science to the yoga which is how yogis are assisted in finding balance. When we are staying connected to our true self we feel the place of peace, and our OMs unite we are demonstrating a higher level of consciousness or connection, than just our typical verbal and physical ques. The material things we chase after, may give one joy for a moment but always end up in a place of dissatisfaction through sadness, jealously and emptiness. However, when we listen to our intuition and allow the space to be there and to feel the connection we start to find a true sense of peace. This intuition allows us to be present and to understand those around us. Yoga is a practice of Ahimsa, (compassion) and it comes from this place of intuition, where we are all united and we can see ourselves in one another.

On November 20, 2012 the Dalai Lama said an amazing quote, "If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. It is exciting to think that Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, Acupuncture and other holistic practices are becoming more mainstream. It is a life practice to open us up to the internal truth. We do not have to wait thousands of years to find our own truth and reap the benefits of finding a connection to our neighbors and family. We can start now by practicing the full practice of yoga, the 8 Limbs. Patanjali has been translated into every language to give us tools to follow. For example, Patajali gives us many examples, but I will share 2 sutras pertaining to how we can let go of the voices around us and go inward to hear our intuition of the true Self.  The Sutras translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda book 2 vs. 7 and 8 are the following: Attachment is that which follows identification with pleasurable experiences and Aversion is that which follows identification with painful experiences. Therefore, start to let go of these experiences that make you externally happy or externally sad and start following the truth within you, your intuition. 

Be a regular practitioner to release the attachments and aversions. It is practice that allows us to  hear, feel, and see the truth. 

Many Blessings, Suzanne