The Path

6865998-artistic-om-symbolPeace is not built with words.

Peace must be written in the human heart.

 ~ Carlos P. Romulo, 1946

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Paul Dallaghan and O.P. Tiwariji leading the devayajna at Samahita Retreat in Thailand.

I have asked myself “How can people from different backgrounds come together in one purpose?” Yoga is a common ground that can bind different people together.

In my short experience as a yoga teacher I have found that all people are searching for the same thing: peace. In my teaching – in my practice – I have tried to help people to connect with their hearts, and, as Romulo suggests, to help them to write peace there. Have I succeeded?  Maybe or maybe not.  But I have done – continue to do – my best and I give my heart to it.

My teacher, Paul D, says that one should be able to walk on a busy airport or a busy city and feel the same peace, all the time.  Have I reached that state?  I am working on it.

I  seek to write peace in my heart. It is because of this, I was not scared to lay down my own path and share it with my students. It wasn’t easy. Still, it is not easy. But every time i do, I am better armed.  Better prepared. And this is thanks to my continuous practice of Yoga.

Yoga Philosophy is one of the most elegant, humanitarian, dignifying, humbling and simplest concepts ever explained to me.  I come from a very rational education, as a scientist. Spiritual and mystical philosophies that have no foundation in scientific fact hold little interest for me. Yet Yoga, as explained by masters such as O.P. Tiwariji, was never in conflict with Science.  Completely the opposite.

In the study of yoga concepts with Tiwariji I could see the human self, the human quest, the human sensitivity, unfold and spread clearly before me, so that I could understand. I realized that if I could understand better the process of the mind then I would be able to better understand my own Self.

To understand. This is a big word. Knowledge brings understanding.  Proper knowledge brings proper understanding.  Proper understanding bring sincerity, and then, devotion.  And this will lead to transformation.

Yoga has suffered a lot of improper understanding.  I have attended talks of so called yoga teachers with such a shallow understanding.  People can be, have been, lead, like sheep, to practices without the proper preparation; to radical points of view that don’t allow any kind of questioning.  This is not yoga. This black or white, no greys here, please.

These kinds of practices miss the whole point — the beauty, the depth, the ability for tolerance, and the welcome of a scientific approach of your own life, mind, body, and yes, spirit, through yogic practice.  Yoga is an intimate exploration of the self — it is uniquely ones own. What will work for you might no work for another person.  That is why awareness, questioning, and study is so important in the Yoga Path. This is e preparation. This is the readiness.

Developing this state of readiness for something bigger, starts with proper guidance.  Through proper guidance we can come to know our teacher, and our teacher’s teacher, and so on. In this way, we can go to the source.  Yoga Philosophy source is in India.  And still the best exponents of this great philosophy of life are in India. Next are those who were trained directly by accomplished masters in India.

I am fortunate to have journeyed to India. To have sat in the presence of the masters. What I learned is that these masters live in a simple way, in simple Ashrams.  What I have experienced is that when they speak the information goes straight to your heart and is understood in a simple way, There is no need of fancy places.  And then, you can begin to recognize other beauty. True beauty. The beauty of the energy of an old, clean, and strong place.  Then you will feel centered, somehow fixed, and then you will see the beauty of your own self.

In this state all social barriers fall apart.  You see each other as you are.
All kinds of personalities, nationalities, religions and histories, united in harmony for one purpose: peace.

May we be able someday to write permanently this word in our hearts.

May be blessed my teachers and my teacher’s teachers.”

Om Shanti

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Yoga Life in Abidjan

Namaste

This site is dedicated to the yoga community of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and to a wonderful yogini, our founder, O.

Ce site est dédié à la communauté de yoga d’Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire et à un merveilleux yogi, notre fondateur, O.

Although our cherished  yoga teacher, friend, sister, cousin, mama, and guide has moved on to share her gifts elsewhere in this saha world, here in Abidjan, her legacy remains.

Bien que notre professeur de yoga chéri, ami, soeur, cousin, maman, et le guide a évolué pour partager ses dons ailleurs dans ce monde saha, ici à Abidjan, son héritage demeure.

Yoga Abidjan is a… collaborative… a coalition.. a cooperative… of yoga lovers — the  instructors, as well as the entire community of students, practitioners, enthusiasts, and supporters, of Abidjan, Côte.d’Ivoire.

Yoga Abidjan est un … collaborative … une coalition .. une coopérative … des amateurs de yoga – les instructeurs, ainsi que toute la communauté des étudiants, des professionnels, des passionnés et des partisans, d’Abidjan, côte d ‘Ivoire.

We offer classes in Ashtanga, Prenatal, Restorative, Vinyasa, and other forms of yoga, and have locations in Bietry and Cocody, with plans to open a center in Riviera. Private sessions may also be arranged.

Nous offrons des cours de Ashtanga, prénatales, réparatrice, Vinyasa, et d’autres formes de yoga, et ont lieux dans Biétry et de Cocody, avec des plans pour ouvrir un centre en Côte d’Azur. Séances privées peuvent également être organisées.

Please send an email with a brief introduction outlining your interests, and we will connect you with the instructors. You may also find information here on this blog, and follow us for updates on the schedule, etc.

Veuillez envoyer un courriel avec une brève introduction décrivant vos intérêts, et nous vous mettrons en contact avec les instructeurs. Vous pouvez également trouver de l’information sur ce blog, et suivez-nous pour les mises à jour sur le calendrier, etc

This site is currently under construction, but our classes are most definitely in session! Stay tuned for more details.

Ce site est actuellement en construction, mais nos classes sont très certainement en session! Restez à l’écoute pour plus de détails.

We look forward to meeting you on the mat!
Nous sommes impatients de vous rencontrer sur le tapis!

Om Shanti

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