- Sutras I:17 - I:23 and III:3 - III:5
- Goal: Grounding goals in pure Intention
This past weekend, one of the students in our Yoga teacher training program shared a beautiful moment with the class. She said that, even as a teenager, she always felt like she had something deep within her that was connected to everything.
Unity, Oneness, Connection to something greater than ourselves, is called Samadhi in Yoga.
As a group we were discussing whether it was possible to bring the peace of Yoga to vulnerable populations such as inner city kids, those suffering in a nursing home, or those who may never have experienced much love or peace in their lives? This brought forth two more interesting discussions. Do all human beings have the capacity to feel connection to something greater than themselves?
I can not help but believe the answer is “yes”. Even those who have very troubling childhoods, with few positive adult role models, seem to find a glimpse of love or peace somewhere, even if in nature or with animals. I have noticed over the years that a simple smile and eye contact with someone who seems downtrodden, sad or angry makes a difference. I feel like the light in them recognizes the light in me. This is just what Namaste means—The light in me sees the light in you.
This relates to the next part of our discussion: How do we share what we love about Yoga? Gandhi’s quote comes through powerfully yet again: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. If Yoga brings you a feeling of love, show that love to someone else, without words. We don’t need to talk people into doing Yoga. We need to represent the peace and compassion that Yoga gives us.
Peace and love to you!