5 Reasons To Choose Isha Yoga
As I sat after completing the daily Isha (the word ‘Isha’ means the formless primordial source of creation) Kriya yoga practice, the thought of sharing my experience at Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore crossed my mind.
Four days in the Isha Yoga retreat spread over 150 acres of lush green land, in the lap of Valliangiri mountains was truly an experience to cherish. Not only because of the surrounding beauty and serenity but also because of the amazing take-aways from the program.
A flexible mind and body
Apart from a flexible body, an adaptable mind which now knows how to shrug off stress and negative emotions whenever these try to lock horns with my tranquil state. I no longer get distressed by issues concerning workplace or personal matters, at least not as often as I used to get before going through the inner engineering program. Not only this, the daily meditation practice has also elevated my energy levels.
Happiness is not a goal but our very state of being
Knowing that happiness is a personal choice, relieves me from placing a burden of expectation on other people, and on life itself. A person can be equally as happy (or unhappy) in solitude, as when in the company of another. Happiness is not a goal but our very state of being which often gets clouded by our ambitions, emotions, expectations and desires. The idea is to let the cloud dissolve and drench us in the rain of gratitude, consciousness, and boundlessness.
Against all preconceived notions, Spirituality is not a damn serious business
It is a pity as most people remain from being benefited by the spiritual practices as they never take the first step towards it. Often, spirituality and seriousness is taken as synonymous.Though, meditation practice requires a great deal of discipline but it definitely does not mean to shun living our lives to the fullest. It helps us live life sensibly. Spirituality is never against life, it is about making our lives wholesome, and boundless. I learnt the science of opening doorways to reach our highest possibilities and not to settle with our limitations.
Choice between being a believer or a seeker
Consciously or unconsciously we have always grown up being believers. Beliefs, not our own, but inherited by our families, acquired by social influences, or imposed upon us by the religion in which we are born.
It felt liberated to know that while I can park aside my beliefs, I have a path to walk upon to seek the answers to millions of questions that have haunted me all through my life. As I know for a fact that beliefs are the thick shields behind which dwells the truth waiting only to get unveiled.
To appreciate life in its gloom and glory
To live a sensible life, it is important to be consciously aware of our thoughts and acts. By brooding about what we perceive as our miseries, we give these energy to manifest and multiply. Consequently, we end up attracting more miseries in our lives. Accepting this simple fact has helped me have gratitude towards life the way it is, complete with all its gloom and glory.
ISHA Foundation Offers Yoga Programs for Inner Transformation & Personal Growth.Program components include guided meditations and transmission of the sacred Shambhavi