“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi
My journey to transform physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually led me to the path of yoga. What started as a bumpy road has led me to a place of peace; with a promise to lead me further, maybe even to fulfillment in this earthly life.
Applying the different facets of yoga philosophy to each challenge, has led me to a better understanding of who I am becoming, rather than what I’m not. I can clearly see my life before yoga, and the life that I have embraced after yoga has become a part. For that I am eternally grateful.
My Guru and teachers
There are so many people who have extended their hand to lead me on this journey. Their presence in my life is a constant reminder of where I’ve been, what I have learnt along the way and how much more there is to learn and evolve.
My heartfelt thanks to Acharya Dr. Robert Butera, for introducing me to the path of Raja Yoga, for teaching me how to imbibe eastern philosophy with a western mind, and most importantly, for showing me how to apply it in daily life.
I am blessed to have grown up in a family which was graced by the presence of an enlightened being; my maternal uncle, Swami Harshananda, who is the current head of Ramakrishna Mission in Bengaluru, India.
During our visits to the ashram as a teenager, I recall being captivated by the piercing black eyes of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, simplicity of Mother Sharada and the tranquil face of Swami Vivekananda – their life size portraits have been etched deep in my consciousness. I did not fully understand their greatness or the impact of Satsang, spiritual companionship then, but I am so grateful to be reaping the spiritual blessings now.
I’m grateful for the teachings of so many great Swamis like Sivananda Saraswati, Satyananda Saraswati, Niranjananda Saraswati, Chinmayananda, Satchitananda, Adhishvarananda, Swami Rama – the list is long – who, through their writings and speeches have made a dent in my thinking and my practice.
Thanks to the mystical writings of Kabir, Rumi, St. Francis of Assisi, Lama Surya Das, Thich Hnat Hahn, Hafiz, Miguel Ruiz, Rabia – and all the authors of various YogaSutra translations- and so many more: they have taught me how to change tolerance into love.
To my family for their unconditional love, to my dear friends who are my pillars of support, and to all the people who have crossed my path and all those who walk with me daily; you are my teachers, my inspiration, in more ways than one. My heartfelt thanks.
Among the many hats I wear, I currently juggle these; a yoga instructor, ESL teacher, a wife, a mother, and an eternal student. I am passionate about giving yoga as a gift and joyful for receiving love from peers after a soulful practice together.
I celebrate my journey by making a conscious decision to contribute through this blog, creating a place where I can share and reflect, a place where people like you can visit, absorb a thought and possibly leave inspired, empowered, only to return for more.
I look forward to seeing you on your visit to this blog and the wisdom you are willing to share via your thoughtful comments.