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Being present in Yoga

Being present in Yoga

In an interview, a question was raised to the founder of Adhiroha Yoga School, Guru Shankar Das; on what he would say to his younger self if he ever gets a chance to meet. A subtle smile graced his face and said, “There’s nothing to say.’ The interviewer’s expression was bewildered and wondered to ask, “Wouldn’t you be giving a warning for any coming mishappenings or assurance for better days?” He again smiled towards the innocence of interviewer and replied, “What is their to warn? What is their to assure? Talking about the future will lead my younger self to obsess over it. Living in future kills happiness. All I would ask my younger self of is to stay here, right in this moment.”

In the age of social media we worry too much about how we present ourselves. This heightens to this level that we only think about the outcome of things. We worry about the things that we shouldn’t be worried at all. We need to stop and realize what’s meant to be will be.

Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh is a gate to dispose of these thoughts. It is a road of self awakening that sharpens the mind so that you can see reality clearly. When our minds get out of balance due to over exertion, we lose connection to the wisdom of our bodies and the depth of our spirits. Isn’t yoga all about aligning your mind, body and soul? Thus with such distracted mind one cannot achieve the innate balance. One could never hold the balance in Tree Pose while thinking of the future that I’ll have a fall. While concentrating your mind on the present moment could make anything possible and ultimately the divine union of mind, body and soul.


Quoting text from Bhaddekaratta Sutta:


You shouldn't chase after the past

or place expectations on the future.

What is past is left behind.

The future is as yet unreached.

Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there.

Not taken in, unshaken,

that's how you develop the heart.

Ardently doing what should be done today,

for — who knows? — tomorrow death.

There is no bargaining with Mortality & his mighty horde.

Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day & night,

has truly had an auspicious day: so says the Peaceful Sage.


There is a story from the days of Buddha when he wandered around India post enlightenment. He came across many people who believed him to be an extraordinary energy. Once a man stopped and asked Buddha, “Are you a God?” He politely declined. The curious man again equired, “Are you a reincarnation of god?" Buddha calm as first morning ray of the sun declined. The man in frustration asked, "Well, are you a man?" "No." Now being so furious, he finally asked, "So what are you?" Buddha simply replied: "I am awake."


Daily yoga practice at Adhiroha demands that you remain awake and alert while feeling your body. The yoga lifestyle here teaches the mind how to listen to the body in the pure light of awareness without judgement or expectation. As we begin our each day here, we remind ourselves that where our feet rest their is freedom. When we live in the past or future, we miss out on the freedom and peace in the now. To awaken is to bring the reality of the present moment to life.


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