Summer 2013 has marked an unforgattable memory in my Yoga journey , a taste of paradise in Samahita Yoga Thailand, a sencere sanctuary on the island of Koh samui where I followed continues training in Pranayama & yoga Philosophy with Paul Dallaghan and a wonderful week of Ashtanga yoga traditional Mysore style , with R . Sharath Jois in Copenhagen.
Samahita Retreat or more know as Yoga thailand is a heaven on earth. It has beautiful nature and sandy beaches and everything has been carefully thought after, from the amazing food to the wonderful wellness centre, all the staff are highly trained and happy to help.
Yoga Thailand was the perfect place for recharge of my energy, study and to nurture my mind and soul. Sri. O. P Tiwari is the very respected senior teacher of the Kaivalyadhama tradition which follows the Ashtanga yoga of the Patanjali path. Sri. O. P Tiwari is the main teacher of Paul Dalladhan, the founder of Samahita Retreat and every year they have a tradition to continues training in Pranayama and budhist Philosophy. This year was a special year as the resort celebrated 10 years anniversary! looking forward to the continues Pranayama program summer 2014.
This week has been a tremendous hardworking, challenging yet rewarding .
A week of reunion of part of Ashtanga family with practitioners joining from all around a world. A great opportunity to make new friends and meet like minded people. Practicing with Sharath this week brought my memories back to Mysore, India.
I listened to his steady count of led primary series interspersed with the synchronized thuds of 150 pairs of feet hitting the mat during each vinyasa. It was like the first Mysore experience. No cheesy background music, no endless yoga chatter…., just the breath, the count, and the rhythm of the practice. So simple and yet so mysterious and powerful!
During the practice one can challenge many obstacles, (specially in the beginning) doubts , weakness, fear . Doubts of not doing well , or questions that you have been probing for a while, like why am I doing this? Fear of certain asanas , droping back or headstand!! But it is here (on your mat) where the most life-changing inner work happens. It is here where the endless infinity meets , trough the asanas and your breath. It is here where you gain your strength even though your whole body might shake like autumn leaves...
I am grateful to have found the path, desire and passion to pass on the message of yoga to others. On my journey I have met struggles and challenges yet I keep enjoying every breath of it and I am learning to surrender.
His words clinging in my head in time of despair and doubts;
Stay pure, help the ones in need (even if you have to miss your practice), be humble, believe and have faith ! This was the blessing that Sharath gave to all of us !
Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha
Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
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