Today was our 10 Day into the 21 Day Yoga Challenge. So far it has been a mesmerizing journey for all of us and especially myself. We meet every day for one hour of Yoga, but it has turned into more then Yoga and I have to say I am amazed by the courage and dedication of the other participants. We are all going beyond our own limitations and we are all supporting each other in that change and growth we are experiencing each time we breathe, in every moment we feel the confusion moving through us and through the sea and swirl of consciousness we are moving into our true self.
This story will shape, shift and change with each word I write. Words are only for our intellect to understand, but the energy and vibration that we share with others and feel surrounding us, is the moment we understand from deep inside who and what we are. The moment I release and let go it releases energy for someone else, like a chain reaction.
In the last 10 days we have been exploring different poses, we have experienced group dynamic during chanting, we expand on different breathing techniques, the candle gazing Trataka as we polish our Sankalpa our inner Diamond, the path to our beautiful shining heart.
On the first day we have formed our Sankalpa. A Sankalpa is the seed we plant in our heart that can flow into our consciousness where we internalize it and allow it to grow. A Sankalpa is something that we would like to change for or about ourselves, it is a positive statement, filled with energy, strength and compassion towards the change we are about to experience through repeating it over and over again.
The idea is to repeat the Sankalpa 108 times, through that we are activating our 108 major Nadis, Nadis are moving Prana, Life Force that converge this energy into Anahata; the Heart Chakra. It sounds pretty amazing and daunting at the same time, but whatever you feel by reading it, you have to try it out to know how prana or your Life Force gets moved and activated. I can tell you out of experience it is pretty intense and beautiful at the same time. It frees energy that we are holding, it sets free patterns for us to see, for us to release and to let go, so we are able to emerge like the lotus from the muddy water.
Yesterday after we chanted the Gayatri Mantra, a special friend of mine called me and I will share this little story with you as it had really moved me. This dear friend of mine wanted a baby and she was trying very hard to get pregnant. I had met her during my first trip around the Caribbean. She is a beautiful soul and I loved spending time with her to explore Yoga on a deeper aspect of life. At that point in her life she went through a rough patch as we all did. However when I met her again a couple of years later, she finally had her dream come true and she was pregnant. Once again we spend some time together and expanded our mind and conscious on the yoga mat. I had just completed a 21 day course of mediation with Mantras. I suggested it to her to help being focused, calm and balanced during her pregnancy. Towards the end of her pregnancy she decided to play with the Mantra practice, she wanted to see on which day the baby would come to enter this world. On the last day she chanted the Gayatri Mantra and the little baby girl decided to move and was born the very same day.