Lesson 12 – Final Lesson of 2015

Namaste from Pondicherry, India

Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!

We are coming up on our mid-term break here at the ashram.  What has been 3 months feels like 3 lifetimes!!  This will be the last lesson before the break and we will resume in the first week of January.  I write these in hope that the teachings can help everyone along in their spiritual journey and at the same time, give previews of what we will be teaching at the studio when I return in March.  I am so looking forward to reconnecting with all of you that I know and meeting all of you that I do not.  Our life, and our yoga, is such a beautiful blessing.

Spread love and the passion of life during the holiday season, and then try to remember that just because the holiday season is over, we don’t need to stop.  The yogic way is to look within and eliminate everything inside of us that isn’t serving our greatest good.  I know that this is difficult, I know that this is challenging, but I promise you that it is the most rewarding endeavor any human being can take.  Believe in unity.  Whenever you look at someone and think that they are different than you, make a mental note to yourself that they are not.  We are all the same.  The primary reason we think that we are different is through ignorance.

Ignorance does not mean stupidity; it simply means not being able to see the reality of a situation.  In order for us to see reality, we must practice detachment, which brings us objectivity.  You see, when we become attached, we create and compound suffering, including the belief that we are different from our fellow man.  This ignorance drives all our prejudices, likes and dislikes and is the primary cause of all the world’s problems.  That is why no problem can be solved through outward intervention.  It is up to each individual on the planet to change themselves, to see that we are all the same, by actively seeking to remove ignorance.  Only then, can we truly have peace and serenity, not just in the holiday season, but in all seasons.

Yoga is Unity, We are One.

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

Lesson 11 from the Ashram

Namaste from Pondicherry, India

Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!

We chant a lot here at the ashram.  Chanting is a form of concentration which can lead to meditative states and it goes way beyond just saying words or repeating them.  In order to chant properly we must have intent and a clear understanding of the words.  When we chant, we chant in Sanskrit.  This is considered the oldest language of mankind and all of the old yogic literature is written in this language including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the basis of the Yoga that I am studying here.  When we translate Sanskrit, it is necessary to use many English words because the language has such deep meaning.  The language also carries the vibration and energy of its age, which is why we speak it both chanting and when we lead Yoga practices.  I find it interesting to compare with modern language, like English, where a lot of the words have lost their meaning, their vibration and their power.  English has become cheapened, mostly due to advertising the effect of uncontrolled capitalism.  I was noticing that just before I left for India, everything was “epic” and that we are ingrained in our societal attitudes to always try to come up with a better word for the best to either describe our experience or in the case of advertising, to sell something.  The effect of this is that there is a mass misunderstanding of what words mean, and it is obvious by the mess that communication has become in the world.  People have ever increasing difficulty on how to communicate properly because words have lost their original meaning!!!

The lesson this week then is what can we do as Yogis to help this language dislinkin our everyday life?  We practice the Yama Satya, which is often translated as truth, but is closer to “Reality”.  And part of Satya is to practice correct language and language use, because if we are using incorrect language other than originally intended, then we are on the wrong side of Satya.  We choose our words as carefully as we choose our thoughts and then our actions will follow.  And with all Yamas and Niyamas, others are then attracted to our virtuous behaviors and we change the fabric of our surroundings!

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

Lesson 10 – Wisdom from India!

Namaste from Pondicherry, India

Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!

We celebrated my birthday this week at the ashram.  In case you are interested, I turned 39 again.  It is a good age for me!  Many of you may have heard about the flooding in a city named Chennai here in India.  We are about 100 miles south of there and it is the airport we all fly into on arrival.  The city is for the most part underwater, including the airport which looks more like a cruise ship terminal than an airport.  It has rained quite heavily for about 5 weeks.  We are OK here because the water runs off into the ocean.  That being said, the Indian people have a beautiful resilience to this sort of thing; no electric, mass displacement of people from their homes, and the like.  They band together and help each other out, and don’t complain in the process.  I was imaging if something like this happened in a major city in the U.S. how there would be rioting, violence, a tiny percentage of people willing to help others, people lining up as victims to collect their insurance money, people sitting around doing little waiting for a politician to save the day, and then the same politicians trying to work the disaster situation to their advantage for political gain.  Alas, we have a far different society in America.  We, as Yogis, have the opportunity to change the fabric of our country.  We do this by simply practicing and living virtuous lives with Yama and Niyama.

There is a deep lesson here in that we can never change another human being.  We may think that we can, but that is untrue.  We cannot change another person.  Not in a relationship, not a family member, not a friend; Nobody!  But we can change ourselves and by doing so people will notice how we live, how we are at peace with ourselves and have no drama, how we reach out our hand to help others.  And then, they will want to change for themselves.  They will, by law of attraction, seek the virtue that they see in us for themselves, because at the core of every human is this virtue, it is the basis of our internal divine.

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