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Grow…like a plant

My teacher Vikas, shared a beautiful gardening analogy to help us understand the value of Pranayama and Meditation better: There are 3 things needed for a plant to grow well: 1. The quality of the soil should be very good 2. The soil needs to be prepared and ploughed well 3. The quality of the…

How a normal Yoga class became a special one

“I’m not feeling so well today. Can you excuse me out of the class after 20min?” I sent the above message to my teacher a few minutes before our 60min Yoga class was about to begin. “Okay” she responded. Fast forward 60min, I was still on the mat saying the conclusion prayer, the Shanthi Mantra….

The power of prayer

My teacher starts our Yoga sessions with an invocation prayer and ends them with a peace prayer. The invocation prayer is “Yogena Cittasya Padena Vaacaam” The conclusion prayer is “Om Asato maa sad gamaya” — Invocation prayer Yogena Cittasya Padena Vaacaam | Malam Shariirasya Ca Vaidyakena || Yo[a-A]paakaro[a-U]ttamam Pravaram Muniinaam | Patan.jalim Praan.jalir-Aanato[a-A]smi || Meaning:…