05 February 2015

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

1. And now the teaching on Yoga begins.
2. Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.
3. When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness.
4. Our essential nature is usually overshadowed bu the activity of the mind.

When I was four year old I came to understand the meaning of death on this earthly plane. It is a realization that stayed with me in a huge way and impacted how I viewed the world.

From an early age I prayed and meditated, even though I was not raised in any religion. I studied the bible first and from there blossomed towards other religious philosophies. I could not shake the idea that I knew in my heart, the Oneness of Life, that we were all somehow connected.

At the age of 18, in 1989, I was introduced to Bhakti Yoga. This practice resonated with my spirit and has been a part of my life ever since.

Early on I intuitively used Meditative Breathwork in my everyday life not really understanding its origins or in fact that it indeed was a "thing" as in a practice outside of something I made it. I used it primarily to relax myself and to go to sleep whenever and where ever I wanted.

Imagine my surprise and affirmation when I learned that what I was doing was actually part of an ancient practice. In 2008 I began my venture into Raja Yoga and began to study the meditative practices as put forth by Swami Yogananda & Swami Kriyananda and Ananda. It took me a good while to get through them along with all sorts of life changing events. Meditation Yoga is deeply ingrained in me.

I have also moved on to the next step of diving even deeper into Raja Yoga. This proving to be a marvelous journey. A journey deeper into the Oneness of Life and the science of Self-Realization.

Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings have been an intricate part of my being. I can not remember a time when I did not own a copy of the Bhagavad gita, Metaphysical Meditations or  Autobiography of a Yogi. All three have informed my path through out my life. The entire crazy journey of my life.

Feeling grateful. I look forward to sharing snippets of my journey with you.

(c) Tamu Ngina, All Rights Reserved.

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