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