Namaste from Pondicherry, India

Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!

This week at the Ashram we are completing the Eka Dasi practice of cleansing our nervous system.  It is a Pranayama (breathing) practice.  It has been quite a wild ride personally!!  I have had wicked and intense dreams, subconscious thoughts invading my consciousness from childhood that I hadn’t thought about in 25 plus years, physical manifestations including fever, whole body itching and burning for hours, and 3 days of diarrhea.  They have been practicing this at the Ashram for 47 years and all of my “events” during this practice are quite normal and have happened to many people.  What is important to recognize about any type of cleansing of the mind, body and soul is that sometimes we must sacrifice pain for growth.  The spiritual way and growth usually has some type of pain and/or discomfort associated with it, whether it is physical, mental or emotional.  This is why so few people choose a true spiritual path, especially in our society, which promotes victimization and shirking of any responsibility to self.  When we can blame others and make excuses for our behavior, then we don’t have to grow.  In these last eleven days, I have shed years of childhood issues, cleansed my mind, body and spirit and have grown appreciably because of it.  These subconscious traumas that I have been carrying with me for years have been removed and can no longer govern my behavior.  And believe me, everyone has subconscious trauma that they carry with them, and it governs our behaviors in a very real manner.  And we don’t even realize it!!

It has truly been a blessing to learn this practice and to learn how to teach it.  We will be teaching it at the studio when I return to those who are ready to receive this beautiful gift.

In today’s lesson, we talk about Yoga Marga, the Yogic Path.  This path is a razors edge, and means to walk in the middle.  To understand and be on the Yogic Path, we have to practice the 8 noble concepts.  They are:

  1. Correct Understanding (Pranama) which is understanding the perception of our own senses and when they are telling us the truth.
  2. Correct Aims (Intentions) and channeling the mind. Our motives should be uplifting.
  3. Correct Use of Speech. Think before you speak and realize that your speech indicates your state of evolution.
  4. Correct Conduct. Your behavior and your action speak louder than your words.  Duality between the two must be eliminated.  If you talk the talk, walk the walk.
  5. Correct Mode of Livelihood. This means having a job which aligns with your inner self, preferably where one can give to others.
  6. Correct Effort. This is self-explanatory!!!
  7. Correct Intellectual Activity. Put your mind in action during your downtime with art, music, philosophy, or other hobbies rather than wasting it with television and other activities aimed at devolution.
  8. Correct Contemplation. Take the time to meditate and contemplate your thoughts and actions and also to listen to the best teacher that you have, the teacher within.

If you are practicing yoga, you are already on the path, but we must also realize that everyone has their own path and where they are on it is unique to them.  Nobody should be judged for where they are on their path because we all have to consciously evolve at our own pace.  There is no such thing as “I am further along than so and so….”  Review these noble concepts with your daily life and see how you can maybe improve on yourself.  The rewards are worth the effort!!!

Enjoy, keep practicing, keep evolving and so much more to come!!  As always if you have any questions, you can email me directly at gary@rippleyoga.com.  I answer all emails!!!!

In Unity and Love,

Gary