Namaste from Pondicherry, India

Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!

The week of the Yoga Festival is over and we are back to our regular Sadhana.  We have been studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for almost 8 weeks now, going through each Sutra with a deep discussion, relating it to modern life and how it relates to our overall practice and the evolution of self.  It is such a beautiful learning process and I am so looking forward to sharing all this knowledge of how we can become the best “us” we can be.  Yoga teaches us to move towards unity, to move against the current grain of our societal conditioning towards separation and duality.

This week’s lesson is on that simple message of Unity, and Yoga’s belief is Unity.  To be a Yogi is to live a Yogic life and to strive for balance and unity in all things.  Being a Yogi is not the modern photo of a person with a yoga mat strapped to their back walking down a busy city street.  It is what we are inside, and how we behave in this world.  It is how we live our life.  We are defined as human beings by our thoughts, words and actions; and they should be consistent from one to the next.  In Unity, we see the divine in all beings, in all things.  We don’t see “fat”, “black”, “catholic”, “democrat”, or even “American”.  We see a divine human being and transcend our social labeling caused by our conditioning of duality.  We are born seeing Unity, and taught to see duality.  Yoga helps us “unlearn” duality and we transcend labels.

Ponder this concept as you walk down the street and see people passing you.  Every person you see, from the street corner panhandler, to the striking woman in high heels, to the bus driver, to the child being led by his Mother’s hand; is the same.  We are all one.  This is a universal truth.  Tat Sat.

Enjoy, keep practicing, continue 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