Two Weeks in India – Two Millennia of Indian History & Philosophy

Found this lovely statue lying almost buried on the side of the road.

What do you get when you take a handful of meditators, mix them with three teachers and put them in Northern India on the banks of the Ganga River?

An experience of a life time and a deep exploration of the roots of Eastern wisdom, spirituality, meditation and yoga.

I have been studying yoga for years.  I have been practicing yoga and meditation for years.  I have read the Bhagavad Gita, The Ramayana, the Sutras of Patanjali, and many more texts central to the world of yoga.    In fact, I have even read most of these books several times and always I learn and grow from the experience.  I have even felt familiar with these texts.  But it was not till I traveled to India, that they really came to life for me.

I went to the source of the Ganga River – Devi Ganga and bathed in her waters (brrr).  I joined pilgrims on their trails to shrines and pujas dedicated to Vishnu, Siva, Krishna, Hanuman and others. I sat in the same cave where Arjuna and his brothers rested after their battle in the Marabarata.  I was even served coffee by a Sadu in that same cave as he told us of his practice of meditation and Brahmacharya.  I meditated in the cave of Vishnagupta of the Shankara lineage.  The Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita are now vibrantly alive for me in so many new ways, it will take months for me to be able to unravel and fully absorb these learnings.

I spent hours meditating and practicing yoga.  I explored the towns of Rishikesh, Uttarkashi and Gongotri, and shared their streets with monks, beggars, holy men and holy cows, scavenging dogs and prankster monkeys.  Yes, of course I drank lots of chai and ate lots of curry.  Oh, and I spent hours on the roads of India – which is, in and of itself, an adventure.

There are so many stories to tell and wisdom to share – give me time and space and it will come.  In the interim, I wanted to let you know I am back, teaching full time, available for privates and will be restarting the Meditation Circle next week.

Meditation Circle:  Thursdays at 7:00,  Village Green Yoga.  Join us every week for an hour of guided meditation, pranayama and community support.

Speaking of meditation, maybe you are wondering if you should try it.  Well, according to several scientific studies, meditation is good for the brain as well as for the heart, body and spirit.  Yoga Journal recently published a review article that has done an excellent job of summarizing the most recent findings, click here to read their article.



With great gratitude and prayers for peace & well-being for all beings everywhere,
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu


Shalom & Namaste
Diana Bonyhadi

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