Archives for posts with tag: aware

I have been so busy recently due to yoga classes and yoga teacher training program. I have been reading new books for the teacher training program and preparing documents besides ongoing yoga classes I am teaching. Of course, I am not on my own in this program. A friend of mine who is a genuine “yogini” and I have started the program. Despite all her contributions, it is not so easy to get to the classes on time and prepare the training program and go on living your own personal daily life. That is why I had to stop posting blogs, which I did not appreciate.

I welcomed the new year in a seaside town away from the city I am living. This four-day retreat was really excellent for me. I really needed such a retreat, away from the city and I was desperately in need of having some spare time in the rural area. To be alone, to just stare at the sea, to drink something while staring at the sea, to take a stroll and to spend a few days without watching the time or without having a need to hurry. So once I returned home, I sat in front of the computer to write again.

I have experienced a great deal of things since I write the last blog. Not only reading resources on yoga but also reviewing the training programs I had attended before and making a synthesis of all of them made me a progress on this path. I realized that I have been focusing on only physical aspect of yoga in my classes for a long time. However, yoga is something that cannot be thought of without the spirit, soul and the mind. As I started to deepen on the path of yoga, I started to deepen in my own yoga group classes.

In the group classes, I aimed to end the previous year by leaving everything behind, the good and the bad before welcoming the new year. The past was just the past, nothing beneficial for us but taking a lot from us. Making us sorrowful and sad. Ego or the mind liked to feed from the past and pitty for itself. So, as we were leaving behind 2017, we should not bring any burdens from that year to the new year but solve everything and leave everything behind. We should purify ourselves bodily, mentally and spiritually and get cleaned up. In 2018, we should neither focus on the past nor the future as future was one of the best friends of the mind, by which it was feeding up itself. The future was unknown and the fear and worry caused by the unknown. What was need for sorrow or fear or worry? So what should we do? What kind of a path should we draw ourselves in 2018? We should just live the moment, stay in the moment, pay attention to the “right now”, understand what “now” means and experience just the “now.” How was the yoga classes shaped up with this aim? The aim was obvious: “Just to live the moment, to stay in the moment, to pay attention to the right now and understand what now means and experience just the now.” So, what type of a class should we perform to reach this aim? A class which gives priority to the breath and focuses on the coordination and harmony of the breath and the body. Thus, we could enable the unity and harmony of the body and soul. Surely, we should also add the mind to this couple. The mind should watch and follow the body and the breath but at the same time listen to what the instructor was saying instead of doing what it knows would come the next. We should do “vinyasa”s (flow) different from the flows the class was used to and confuse the mind. Thus, the mind would not do what it knows and walk on the path it knows but stay in the moment and do something by being totally aware not automatically. If you ask what was the most important decision we made for the new year… To stay in the moment, to live the moment, and to be totally aware, to work with full unity and harmony of the body, mind and soul even if it was hard in the daily life and even if we cannot do it in our daily lives,

 

“Teacher, there is an important issue I have to decide upon. I have two choices and I cannot decide which one is the best and right for me. Can yoga help me decide?” This was a question I came across in one of group yoga classes recently. I decided to teach a class on the third eye to answer this question.

That day was the day of “yin yoga” (the type of yoga in which we stretch the bodies up to connective tissues). I decied to make a practice which included “yin yoga” poses and poses that would stimulate “ajna chakra” (third eye chakra). I was planning to talk about mind and soul when we were practicing.

After we began the class with meditation, we stayed in “utthita balasana” (extended child pose) for at least three minutes. I recommended that the students place their hands or something like a sweatshirt under their forehead if they were not able to place their forehead on the ground. When staying in this “asana” (pose), I started to talk about the mind. I told the students that the mind was totally pure and clean when we were born but was being polluted as we got socialized in time. The right, the wrong, the sin and the shame. All these were things that the society was putting in front of us and asked us to accept and obey. And the mind believed in all these things and made us live our entire life within these patterns. The mind believed that it was safe and healthy to live within these borders and patterns. Therefore, it preferred to stay in the safe haven and was not pushing itself hard. At this point, we were losing our connection with our soul and the divine power. We could not see the signals and messages sent to us and we were turning into individuals only conspired of mind, brain and reason.

We practiced poses to stimulate the third eye, i.e. the area between the eyebrows, throughout the class including “salamba sarvangasana” (supported shoulderstand), “halasana” (plow pose) and “karnapidasana” (ear pressure pose). During the closing meditation, we closed the eyes and turned the eyes towards the area between the eyebrows.

I was talking about the mind and soul all during these poses. “When was the last time you did something really from the heart? You did not listen to your mind even though it said it was wrong but listened to the heart and did what the heart told you? Anything that your soul liked but mind and reason objected? I just want you to think about it as we wait in this pose. When was the last time you put your mind aside and did something that your soul wanted? Can you remember or was it so long before?”

“When the mind is active, there are always patterns, borders, the right, the wrong, the sin, the taboos and the shame. The mind prevents us from seeing clearly. However, if you listen to your heart, it will show you the right way. The mind knows the truth and what is right but we never listen to it. We always take the mind into consideration. Now, we should return to the question the students asked before the class began. If we are the pieces of the God, then we should know the truth and what is right once we are born. ┬áThe soul knows what is right and wrong however the mind prevents us from seeing them. If we inactivate the mind for some time, we could hear the sound of the divine power, the earth, the universe or the God — however you may name it. And thus, you may see which choice or which path is right and good for you. However, the mind makes our eyes so blind that we cannot see the signs that are just in front of our eyes. If we listen to our soul and if we keep listening to our mind, we can realize that the divine power is talking to us and showing us the right and the good. As long as we become more aware, as long as we open our hearts, as long as we listen to our soul, as long as we get away from “robot-style” individuals who only act with their “brain” and “mind.” Then, we will become individuals who are not polluted by the society but instead clean, open-eyed and loveable individuals. As long as we re-establish our connection with our soul.

When we were a childe and when we were younger than two-digit ages, the new year was the best time of the year. However there were not so many opportunities like this before. There were not any shopping malls that were decorated with new year lights where you could feel the joy of the new year. You could only feel that the new year was coming from the cake shops. And also from the lunch at the school.

DSCF0012-002

The new year’s eve was like a holiday at school. The cook used to wear Santa Claus costume and serve us the best food we had ever had so far. There was nothing different with the food that day. They were just serving us the food we loved the most. There were no lessons. We used to have fun all day. At night, our parents brought us altogether in either our place or some other’s place and they went out to have fun in a restaurant. Remember, I have told you that you could only feel the joy of the new year in cake shops. Our parents used to buy us a special cake for the new year from a cake shop in order to please us. When they came home, we would already have been fallen asleep. The new year was to play with friends, eat cakes and to fall asleep before midnight when we were a kid.

Days, weeks, years and years passed by. One-digit ages were over. Two-digit ages came. Everything was so fine at the 20s. Between 20s and 30s, we used to go out to mark the new year. Drink, music and dance till the morning. When we were heading from 30s to 40s, everything started to change. The new year was no more as attractive and joyful as it used to be. We had lost that joy. The house and Christmas tree that used to be decorated with joy in the 20s and 30s were replaced with some sentences like, “oh my God, it’s the new year’s eve again. What are we going to do? How can we have fun? It is more boring than ever.” On the other hand, the new year’s eve celebrated with friends was still fun. The “crazy night out”s were replaced with “chat” and “a dinner table” with friends.

And again we are on the eve of a new year. Am I joyful and enthusiastic? Not really. So what am I feeling? I have goals for the new year. I am willing to learn new things and develop myself. I am eager to read and learn more. I am willing to travel and see new places. I am eager to visit exhibitions, go to seminars and develop myself more. I have the ambition to progress on the path of yoga, practice new “asana”s or at least try the “asana”s I am not good at and enjoy the journey. I am willing to make new beginnings. I am willing to have a new hobby. I wish to write a book, which most of my friends ask why I haven’t started so far. New year, new wishes, goals, willingness and beginnings. And the ambition to achieve all of them in the new year.

A long meditation and “savasana” (deep relaxation and resting pose) in the last yoga class of the year. What did I wish for? “2015 has come and gone. It is now a history. We do not care about the past in yoga. We cannot intervene and we cannot change the past. The past is over and you should forget about it. 2016… New year, new wishes, new demands, new dreams, new goals and targets… However it has not yet arrived. It is about to come. However, the future is so far away from us. We can only have plans and goals but we cannot know what the future will bring us. So, no need to think about it so much. We can deal with it when the time comes. So what about now? Now, the moment we are just living? We should try to enjoy “now” and the “right now” and the “very right now we are living.” When we are talking or writing, the right now is over. The right now is also a past. So we should have a goal in the new year. Just to live the right now we are living and not to think about a moment before or after. Just to live the right now and realize and be aware that all our wishes, goals, dreams, demands and targets are not so far away from us.

We have left behind another year with its sorrows, pains, happiness and joy, and entered a new year with new hopes and expectations. What is new is pleasing. When we buy a new outfit and a new pair of shoes, we become happy like a child. When we travel to a new place, where we have never been before, we are happy. When we meet a new friend, join a new group, have a new hobby, start a new job, don’t we all feel happy, peaceful and renewed?

424430_10150561136763812_379396943_n

A new year begins enthusiastically and colorful like a newborn baby. Innocent and ready to experience and be experienced. Therefore, we should make new beginnings and re-create our lives from the outset and start over in the new year.
Let’s make something good for ourselves. Let’s spoil ourselves and make ourselves happy in 2015. Let’s try to live the moment and seize the moment. Let’s forget about all agonies, sorrows, pains, regrets and all negative feelings coming from past. Let’s leave the past in yesterday. Let us not think about the future, either. Let us not think about the upcoming month, upcoming day, or even the upcoming moment. Let’s focus on the moment. Let’s be happy and grateful for we can breathe, for we are healthy, and for we have loved ones around ourselves.
Let’s be more happy by doing the things we like to do. It can be fine arts, a hobby, a type of sports, or yoga. It can be reading a book, drinking a cup of tea with pleasure and awareness, going on a vacation, caring for or feeding a puppy, hugging a loved one, or fulfilling your job willingly. Whatever we do, let’s do it by seizing the moment and with love.

We all have wishes when we are welcoming a year. Let’s take a deep breath to make our wishes come true. When we exhale, exhale your wishes to the universe with all your energy. Health, happiness, peace, love, understanding, empathy. Then whatever you want. Your wishes do not need to be spiritual. You can also wish for a good salary, winning the lottery, a better job, academic career, journeys, becoming fit and beautiful and many other things.

When bidding farewell to the old year, accept what you have experienced and be aware that all those experiences have grown us and made us more and more mature. Whether a physical or an emotional or spiritual problem, let’s be aware that all that happened because of the law of attraction and let’s be aware that we have grown and progressed with all these experiences… Thank the old year for all it has taught us.
When welcoming the new year, be open to new developments… Welcome new experiences… Be ready to new beginnings… Open a new page and re-organize your lives… Step by step… Enjoy every step we are taking… Focus on the journey itself not the destination and just enjoy the journey…
Let this year be a a year in which we become more aware of everything around us, in which we love and approve ourselves, in which we will grow with our experiences and in which we experience new beginnings.

We have left behind another year with its sorrows, pains, happiness and joy, and entered a new year with new hopes and expectations. What is new is pleasing. When we buy a new outfit and a new pair of shoes, we become happy like a child.

424430_10150561136763812_379396943_n
When we travel to a new place, where we have never been before, we are happy. When we meet a new friend, join a new group, have a new hobby, start a new job, don’t we all feel happy, peaceful and renewed?

A new year begins enthusiastically and colorful like a newborn baby. Innocent and ready to experience and be experienced. Therefore, we should make new beginnings and re-create our lives in the new year.
Let’s make something good for ourselves. Let’s spoil ourselves and make ourselves happy in 2014. Let’s try to live the moment and seize the moment. Let’s forget about all agonies, sorrows, pains, regrets and all negative feelings coming from past. Let us not think about the future, either. Let us not think about the upcoming month, upcoming day, or even the upcoming moment. Let’s focus on the moment. Let’s be happy and grateful for we can breathe, for we are healthy, and for we have loved ones around ourselves.

Let’s be more happy by doing the things we like to do. It can be fine arts, a hobby, a type of sports, or yoga. It can be reading a book, drinking a cup of tea with pleasure and awareness, going on a vacation, caring for or feeding a puppy, hugging a loved one, or fulfilling your job willingly. Whatever we do, let’s do it by seizing the moment and with love.

We all have wishes when we are welcoming a year. Let’s take a deep breath to make our wishes come true. When we exhale, exhale your wishes to the universe with all your energy. Health, happiness, peace, love, understanding, empathy. Then whatever you want. Your wishes do not need to be spiritual. You can also wish for a good salary, winning the lottery, a better job, academic career, journeys and many other things.

When bidding farewell to the old year, accept what you have experienced and be aware that all those experiences have grown us and made us more and more mature. Thank the old year for all it has taught us.

When welcoming the new year, be open to new developments… Welcome new experiences… Be ready to new beginnings… Open a new page and re-organize your lives…

Let this year be a a year in which we become more aware of everything around us, in which we love and approve ourselves, and in which we experience new beginnings.