Well, the joy of being a part-time yogi!

I remember three years back, my first tryst with Yoga turned out to be a sour puss. I used to go to a certified Yoga practitioner in the vicinity. The classes were held in the evenings and I drudged my body twice a week to all the weird poses and stretches. My body ached and mind did wallow in the stillness for at least a while. But, it seemed a boring affair after a month that I quite stopped going all of a sudden. With all due respect to the teacher, I felt Yoga was not for me.

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My recent visit to Adiyogi, ISHA Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

About six months back, I apprehensively went through a course which indulged in Yoga and Meditation too. Quite surprisingly, I took to it like a duck takes to water. Well, maybe I needed to be ready to take on a Guru who would light the path; the path of realization! This happened well in time or should I say at the opportune time for things were clearer from then on.

I write about this not because I want to propagate Yoga or want everyone to take on Yoga, I am sure you are wise enough to decide for yourself!

I want to put forth a few simple things or thoughts that have changed me for the better over these few months of practising Yoga.

  1. I have felt an amazing sense of freedom irrespective of what my situation is.
  2. Life is beautiful and miraculous; you would agree with me if you have touched upon the inner journey.
  3. We are all travellers on this Earth. Birth and Death are mere pit-stops.
  4. We have come here alone and going out alone; prestige, wealth, fame, societal norms won’t travel with you- they are not important.
  5. All the treasures and answers are within you. Mind and Body are merely there to assist us in the simple transactions of life.
  6. The purpose of life on this Earth- Know Thyself, while you are at it- enjoy what this world offers.
  7. Compassion and humility are the keys for a better life.
  8. An action arising from the very sinews of the Infinite makes way for a more truthful and healthy life.
  9. Being ever engrossed in Sadhana be it the work you do or simple acts of service or just being meditative( your practises, your work, your hobby) gets you on the path of the divine.
  10. Most importantly, live in the moment for this is the now!

I have just mentioned a few thoughts that have ran across my mind now. But there are more subtle and amazing things which I have not expressed as I want and hope this journey for you is as intriguing and mind boggling as it has been for me.

Well bottom line, Yoga has changed me in and out. My whole perception has changed and it has been a significant revelation and it makes me want to enjoy this life to the fullest!

Phew, this International Yoga Day I am talking about the beauty of Yoga and the miracles of life that it augments; I quite cannot believe this 🙂 Well let’s call it a miracle too!

 

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Do you practise Yoga? How has been your journey? Enlighten me…..

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow #AtoZchallenge

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Yellow Ball of Gold- Sunrise!

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Sunrise!

As I went about my morning walk up on the terrace of my home in Bangalore, the Sun was making it’s way up. It’s move up on the stage was so grand that I had to grab my camera and focus on its entrance.

It was a poised way up and it was utterly elegant that I had to focus on getting these above shots. I was lost in time and wonder of this spectacle.

We are always so lost in our own world that we fail to look at the beauty around, the nature is a grand spectacle and every day, every moment is brand new.

What do you think of this? Have you come across any grand spectacle of nature?

What is Religion? #AtoZchallenge

Religion….

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Well yes it is a particular system of faith and worship according to the dictionary meaning.

But is it overrated? Is it blindly following a set of rituals, norms and rules?

I am not against any religion or not in favour of any. And I am not being an atheist as well. So, I am neither a believer nor a non-believer of God.

My questions arise from the perspective of mankind as to where are we getting to with all the unnecessary drama happening around the world in the name of religion.

Why can’t humanity be a religion by itself? We are all living in this beautiful world, why can’t we be beautiful enough to just be and love all irrespective of what we follow or not follow.

When are we going to realize this…. I hope it comes soon enough….

Compassion is the key…

What thoughts do you have?

Niagara Falls #AtoZchallenge

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Niagara Falls

On a bright summer afternoon, I reached the Niagara State Park in New York along with my family. The sun was too harsh for us to walk leisurely about the park. As we hopped on the cruise, we were ushered by the roar of the magnificent falls. A gentle spray touched us all, the excitement did soar as we cruised along. To stand in front of the beautiful falls was utterly humbling. To be amongst this wonder was worth it. It felt like an adventure just about cruising along the falls between USA and Canada.

A few glimpses of the falls from my Camera.

When clouds have a tete a tete with the Falls!
When clouds have a tete a tete with the Falls!

Have you been to Niagara Falls? Or have you been to any other beautiful falls which felt very special….. Let me know…

Miracles #AtoZChallenge

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Miracles 

Just when I thought Life was just mundane

I bumped into a miracle…

I quite couldn’t believe what I experienced

For it had me wanting for more…

You may ask, what is it all about?

I will just say live Life as if it were your last

It may seem elusive at first

But a moment, a chance meet turn out to be…

MIRACLES.. for LIFE is a grand one!

Life #AtoZChallenge

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Life

I have come to realize that Life isn’t about growing up, getting educated, working on a job, paying bills, having a family and then one fine day dying!

The above things are just part of your life but not LIFE!

I have lately come to realize or realizing that Life is a celebration when you know LIFE is all there is, that is the miracle and the truth!

I have so bluntly put in the above sentence but Life is the journey into oneself, your magnanimous self, the inner you and I think once I fathom that or more so feel it, there is nothing but Joy. All the walls, castles, illusions just fade away…..

I am on this Journey.. I am getting there. Will let you know more once I do.

So, what is your take on this?

Karma #AtoZChallenge

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Bring on the Karma!?

Karma means action/deed and also relates to the cause-effect principle. In simple terms it is “What goes around, comes around!”

Lately, I have been pondering about what Karma is actually?

Are there certain impressions from the past that cling on to your current Karma? And you end up being or doing things in a certain way.

Or is it about doing any action with the best of intentions and not being worried about the result?

Well I would surely go with the latter.

Maybe these questions are entirely different….. I am certainly figuring that out…

Well… What do you think?

Journey within #AtoZChallenge

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Journeys are always interesting.

I am an ardent trekker and a traveler. I have always learnt some amazing new things on all my endeavors and it has changed me for the better.

Lately, well since the past year, it has been a lovely journey within me. I am getting to know myself or getting to know the world in a completely different way.

There have been certain overwhelming episodes, instances and beautiful experiences that have made me wanting more of that.

You may be wondering as to what I am talking about?!

Well all I can tell you is that it is a journey within and you will explore it one day or the other. Hope you do so soon enough.

Well I am off to yoga and meditation now!

Illusion #AtoZChallenge

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Is reality an illusion?

I have been pondering on this for quite a while now!

Maybe what we think life to be, is just a dream

Maybe what we know of life, is not the truth

Maybe what we do in life, is not what we were meant to do

Maybe what we feel about life, isn’t about milestones/phases

Life as such is a miracle, a celebration

Life is an energy

We are all ringing to a bigger subtler dimension

To know that truth, feel it – is the purpose?!

What do you think?

Himalayas #AtoZChallenge

H has to be Himalayas for me!

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They are my second love after ‘Books!’

My first experience in Himalayas was spellbinding. To stand and gaze at the mighty mountains was utterly fabulous. The mountain air evokes the soul within you and certainly come back to the plains a changed person. It is so sublime that I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

View Point 1, Goechala Pass, Sikkim with Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background
Me and Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background

Days and days pass by

My love for them stands by

It is a calling I cannot ignore

For I long for them forever more!

I have been visiting Himalayas every year now.

Well do visit Himalayas, the abode of mighty mountains and bliss!

Or have you been to Himalayas and how was your experience?