Greetings for 2018

Dear Yogis

Happy New Year.

I sat down several times in the last few weeks to write you all a letter of Holiday Cheer and New Year Wisdom.  Alas alack, after several attempts, I found that really most of what I had wanted to share with you, had already been said by someone else, and usually way more eloquently than I could ever articulate. I gave it up for a bit, but today I realized, I did want to send you all a note.

So, I will keep it simple.

I am grateful to all of you: my students; teachers; friends and fellow yogis for all the support you have given me this past year.  and I want to let you know that I am here for you. If ever I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.

You may have noticed, that my teaching schedule has been reduced.  I am only teaching a couple of public classes a week (Mid-Day Bliss at Village Green Yoga).  Instead,  I am teaching more classes at senior living communities and volunteering with a few local service organizations.    If you are interested in scheduling private or small group classes or workshops, I do still have room in my schedule for that.  Give me a call or drop me an email to set something up.

2017  was a tough year.  I think we can all agree on that.  But I also believe it was the catalyst many of us needed to step up and commit to doing the work we were each meant to do.  For me, this has led to enrolling in classes in physiology, kinesthesiology, meditation and philosophy.  And, while I miss time on the mat with my students, I know that now is the time to return to my studies, delving deeper into my meditation practice and giving back to my community.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, which was this week, I wish you the very best for 2018.  May this be the year, you truly step into your dreams, following your heart, listening to the voice of wisdom and compassion that lives within you, and may you find the work that inspires and nourishes you and all those around you.  In the yogic sense, this is following your Dharma.

Eat well, move safely, sleep soundly and breathe with awareness.

May this be a year of blessing and joy.

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

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Living Your Dharma

Living your Dharma

Insights from the Bhagavad Gita

Action is a duty, but let not your ego crave the fruits of action, be not attached to either action or inaction.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapt 2, vs. 47

Okay, you are in your yoga class.  You are feeling great.  The asanas are humming in your body.  The prana is flowing.  You feel alive, strong, flexible, vibrant with life.  And the next thing you know your teachers throws you a new asana, one you have seen in books, but have never before tried.  And you think, “that’s it.  I am going to master that.”

“Bend the knees, place your right elbow in your right armpit, lift up and reach your left leg out behind you in the air.”

Splatt.  Before you know it, you are in a heap on the ground.  This is when you hear the loud voice of the Ego coming through.  The string of thoughts that go rampaging through your brain – anything from “get up before anyone sees you”, to “I told you that you are not strong enough, flexible enough, whatever enough to do this yoga stuff.”

Ah, now you can really practice your yoga.  For it is not about mastering any particular pose.  Yoga is about being present in the action, in the moment, for the sake of the action itself, and NOT for any specific rewards that will be achieved as the result of an action.

The other day I was trying to learn how to float up into a handstand, and then down into crow.  Try as I might, I could not seem to raise up through that lovely pike position into a handstand and then settle down so that my knees rested lightly on my biceps.  Soon I found myself obsessed with self-doubt.  “I will never be able to do this.  I am too old for this.  I will never have a strong enough core…”  And then thankfully, I was reminded that the only thing that really mattered was the effort in that moment.  I needed to let go of the fruits of my actions.  I won’t tell you that after this awakening I suddenly did find myself floating effortlessly through the air. No, but my practice did get lighter.

The next day I came across the above cited verse, and breathed in relief.  Even Arjuna, that mighty warrior, had to be reminded not to hold too fast to the results of his actions.  We are here to live our dharma.  There are many things we try and do, and the blessing lies in the doing.  So, whether it is handstands, cartwheels, mountain climbing or other tasks like dishes and laundry and floors, remember to breathe into the moment and let the fruits of those actions be – without prejudice or celebration.  This is yoga, living and breathing in this moment and the next.  This is living your dharma.

Shalom & Namaste,
Diana Bonyhadi