Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yoga and how it's changed my life

Two years ago I went to India for the first time.

Specifically to study yoga at the source of Ashtanga yoga, Mysore.
I went to Mysore feeling lost, and asking for my life purpose.

The answer I got was: 
You know you are on purpose if what you are doing makes you thrive.

So I asked myself, what makes me thrive?

  • Different cultures
  • Being outside/ nature
  • Spiritual connection
  • Adventure
  • New experiences
  • Sports
  • Colors
  • Being of service
Suddenly I felt like I got the point. I realized that these are the things that make me happy, and settling down and doing what I saw everyone else doing around me wasn't going to do it for me.

My three months in Mysore left me a changed person, and I knew I had to return to India.
Nine months later I was back.
The best advice I got about traveling in India is that India is like a magnifying glass. What ever you put out comes back to you MAGNIFIED.
This was so true.

I quickly put aside any fear about my trip and began setting positive intentions:
  • I have a smooth and easy time in India
  • I meet amazing, friendly, nice people
  • I am always safe and protected
  • I deepen my spiritual connection
  • I have amazing adventures
I began reciting my intentions over and over in my head.

Guess what?
It worked!


The six months I spent this second time in India were truly magical. Every intention I set happened to the maximum degree.

Rishikesh, India

  
  • I met amazing people. 
  • I always felt safe. 
  • I got amazing places to stay. 
  • I accomplished all of my adventures. (Cycling from Manali to Leh, Cycling from Leh to Srinagar, kayaking the Zanskar Gorge and Upper Indus, Trekking the Marka Valley) 
  • I deepened my spiritual practices
  • I met a healer and did alot of personal growth work
  • Doors opened. 

Every single intention I set happened. 

Truth be told I didn’t want to leave, and can’t wait to go back.

My whole life changed while I was there, and it felt like true transformation.
I deepened my commitment to yoga, healing, and meditation. And it is now the path I am pursuing. 
I got the feeling while I was in India to come to Bali, and that Bali would be my new base.
I am now in Bali. 
Never having been here before I am trusting the guidance and doors are opening.
My new intention is:
  • Thank you for the magnificent outcome in Bali
Everyday I am feeling grateful that I took the first step two years ago to go to India, and what led me there was yoga. 
A friend once told me that taking a leap of faith is like being on the flying trapeze. You can't grab the next trapeze until you let go of the one you are on.
So I have let go of the old trapeze. I am asking for guidance everyday, and trusting that I am exactly where I am meant to be right now, and that the more I open, doors will open, and it is proving to be true. Thank you!

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