Bringing Love to Yoga

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Vrindavan, India

In Sanskrit, one translation of the word Bhakti is love.  The path of Bhakti yoga can be described as the path of love.  Neem Karoli Baba, a 20th century saint and teacher of Bhakti yoga, inspired his yogis through unconditional love.  One of his messages perfectly encapsulates this beautiful tradition. He simply said, “love everyone.” At first that may seem like a tall order, especially in regard to people that get under our skin.

But the truth of the matter is that at our very core we all want to be loved. We want to be appreciated and feel like we belong. Think about how kind gestures and heartfelt compassionate words can make you feel, whether it comes from a child, parent, friend, lover, or pet.  Love has the power to heal and strengthen. It is a tremendous force and can leads us to serve and honor one another. When we initiate our actions through a place of love, we have the ability to open to a more peaceful existence not only for ourselves, but also for everyone around us.  Love loosens the ego’s grip and allows us to see the divine in all living beings.

So why not take a big courageous step and start seeing ourselves in each other and give out to the world, what we would truly want for ourselves?  As my yogi friend says, “love is never the wrong answer.”

Set your intention on dedicating your yoga practice to someone you love. Turn each pose into an offering for that love.  Let it inspire each of your movements and notice how it can change the energy of your practice.

Missing You

I loved when
I could smell You in my hair.
I loved when
I could melt into Your soul.

It is better to feel Pain,
than to feel Nothing at all.
Pain cracks open the Heart,
and unlocks the Gateway.

There is something mysterious
In the depths of our darkness.
Do not hide from the Night.

Embrace and accept the Pain
With a gentle heart.
Be kind to your soul.

As the Pain releases its grip,
Beauty unfolds.
She was always there,
but it was heard to hear.

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May All Beings Be Happy And Free

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Today, I am singing for the children, families, and hearts of those that are hurting. One of my favorite healing mantras is Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu. It translates to, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” Peace, peace, peace. Sending out love from my heart to yours.

Bhakti

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Bhakti, the path of devotion
and Love.
Some say it is the easiest way
To liberate your soul.
How do you know until You take the path?
To take the road,
All you have to do is
Declare your life to Love.

Stillness

Under the waves of emotion,
There is a deep place of stillness.
But to get here,
You must first be there.

Honor your emotions.
Feel them.
Know them.
See them.

Ride the waves.
Then leave the surface.
Dive down to the depths.
Into the darkness.

And remember
You are not emotion,
You are the stillness within.

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