Links and Inspirations

My journey towards yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic massage therapy and non-duality has been filled with numerous unforgettable experiences, and life-altering encounters with teachers, friends and therapists.  All of whom have provided me with the inspiration and opportunities to develop new skills and pursue a path I would have otherwise not thought possible.  I’d like this opportunity to share some of the highlights and pinnacle lessons that may assist and inspire others.

Mooji

A very dear friend of mine introduced me to Mooji four years ago by sending me a link to a three hour satsang on relationships.  I listened to it once for about ten minutes – turned it off.  Twice – fifteen minutes – turned it off.  Third time the floor opened up beneath me and my entire perspective on the world and the Self shifted.  Mooji’s message to his ever-expanding audience is to point towards the “recognition and direct experience of Being”.  His humour and boundless compassion resonated so deeply that I have been an avid follower since that day.  Having attended a number of his retreats around the world and witnessing firsthand the profound authenticity of his presence I would recommend anyone to start listening to his words: http://mooji.org/.

Life cannot be against you, for you are Life itself.  Life can only seem to go against the ego’s projections, which are rarely in harmony with the Truth – Mooji

 

Dr Deepika Rodrigo

I went to see Dr Deepika almost as soon as I returned from my travels with no other complaint than – “I just don’t feel quite myself!”  Coming home is always an incredibly difficult transition, and seeing her was one of the best things I ever did.  Over the next 6 months she became a teacher, doctor and friend, helping me to not only find my balance through herbal treatments and changes to my diet and lifestyle, but to let go of things from my past and start to look forward with greater clarity and strength.   Her passion and commitment to Ayurveda is utterly contagious and her experience is unquestionable.  When the opportunity arose to study with her and train as an Ayurvedic Massage therapist, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

The course immersed me into this beautiful and empowering tradition in a way that made it applicable to a Western culture and society.   One of the greatest things I’ve learnt from her is how integrating Ayurveda into everyday life helps you to find and feel yourself once again, and in by staying true to that, you can reach your fullest creative, health, and spiritual potential.

Please find the the link to her website below, where you can learn more about Ayurveda, treatments such as Pancha Karma, and information about her head and body massage therapy course: http://www.theayurvedicclinic.com/ 

 

Matthew Sweeney

“This is my body, and this is real.”  One of the most influential lessons, of many, that I’ve taken away from practicing with Matthew.  I attended a weekend workshop in Oxford in 2011 and was so taken by his open and engaging approach to Ashtanga Yoga that I went ahead and committed myself to a month long intensive with him in Thailand the following year.  I can’t begin to express what a wonderful influence his teachings have been, not just on my yoga practice, but on my relationship with the self and others, and my general approach to life.

He introduces his students to numerous techniques of meditation, personal development and asana practice in an environment that is entirely open and trusting, and has challenged the more traditional approach to Ashtanga yoga by creating alternative sequences to compliment, and sometimes supersede, a student’s regular practice.

Of the sequences he’s created, Chandra Krama, or the Moon Sequence, has been particularly beneficial to my own development.  The grounding and nurturing nature of this gentler sequence never fails to bring me out of my head and into my body.  Matthew teaches weekend, weekly and monthly intensives worldwide, as well as teacher-training programmes.  Details of which can be found on his website: http://www.yogatemple.com/index.html

 

Vipassana Meditation

As taught by S.N.Goenka and assistant teachers worldwide.

“Anicca, Anicca!”  Nothing is permanent.  Everything is always changing.  Ten days of noble silence, ten hours of meditation each day, and being taught the Vipassana meditation technique, the experience is something that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.  A chance to resolve issues from their root and learn to experience and respond to emotions as and when they arise.  Retreats are held at centres all around the world, and run solely on donations.  Go to http://www.dhamma.org/ for further information and booking forms.

 

 

Inspiring Reads:

Ashtanga Yoga As It Is, Matthew Sweeney

Yoga Mala, K Pattabhi Jois (Aug 2010)

Freedom From the Known, J Krishnamurti (Jul 2010)

On Fear, J Krishnamurti (Aug 1997)

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle (Feb 2001)

Ayurveda: The Science of Self-HealingDr. Vasant Lad (Oct 1987)

Ayurvedic Massage: Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind, Harish Johari (Oct 1996)

The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook: Healthful, Healing Recipes for Life, Amrita Sondhi (Dec 2006)