Tag: Niyama

The Road to Om

Again, it has been awhile since my last post.  I am trying not to make this a “dear diary” sort of blog and stick to the high points.  Since last I spoke…

I have been busy writing a book and getting it self-published.  It was on my bucket list for about twenty years.  I can finally check it off.  If we are not connected through Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or some other social medium, the title of the book is Your Holiday Coach.  My intention in writing this book is to help you or someone you know prioritize what will bring joy, peace and happiness during the upcoming season.  It is full of tips and activities to craft a realistic plan to survive the holidays.  It is currently available in paperback and as a Kindle book on Amazon.com

Your Holiday Coach has its own blog site and I will be posting on that site about twice a week into December.  You can follow along at yourholidaycoach.wordpress.com.

Now that the commercial is over, what else have I been up to on my year of self-awareness?

I believe I was at my best as a human being when I was immersed in Yoga.  Yoga is so much more than the poses most people think of when they think of yoga.  Yoga is not a religion.  For me it is a spiritual compass.  The basic teachings and philosophy of yoga are based on ten ethical precepts that allow us to be at peace with ourselves, our family, and our community. They are known as the Yamas and Niyamas.  Rather than a list of dos and don’ts, they tell us that our fundamental nature is compassionate, generous, honest, and, peaceful.  If you want to know more about the Yamas and Niyamas, you can find explanations on the Internet.

My yoga journey began in 1990.  I was introduced to the poses and a specific guru.  I started going to classes and an occasional weekend workshop.  I must admit that I was more faithful to my weekly yoga practice than any other path I have followed.  In the late 1990’s I attended teacher training and moved to Homosassa to help manage a yoga retreat center.  I mainly taught seniors (before I was one) and special needs children.  In 2004 I moved back to Michigan and my yoga practice began to unravel.

Fast forward to the present day.  I have enrolled in Yoga teacher training in Lexington.  Since my first go-round, certification has become more formal and I will be an RYT (registered yoga teacher) with Yoga Alliance.  My goal is not to teach again, though I’m not opposed to it.  This time around I want to reconnect with the best part of me and strive to be a compassionate, generous, honest, and, peaceful human being.

Also on the horizon is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month – November.  If you can write 50,000 in the thirty days of November, you will have a first draft.  That is my plan to get started on my next book.  More about that in my next post.

I will end this post with a traditional Sanskrit greeting used to begin and end most yoga classes.

Namaste (na-ma-stay) – I honor that place in you where the whole universe dwells.  It is a place of peace and love and light and truth.  When I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, we are one. Om!