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Embracing the essense of yoga

For 47 years, yoga has been my lifelong companion, guiding me through physical strength, flexibility, and most importantly, deep philosophical exploration. My journey began with the iconic book "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass, which sparked a passion for Eastern philosophy and Advaita Vedanta. This passion led me to immerse myself in the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya, and to learn from inspiring contemporary teachers like James Swartz and Swami Sarvapriyananda.


My path in yoga saw me spending six transformative years in an Indian ashram during the seventies, which laid the foundation for my spiritual journey. Eventually, this journey brought me back to the West where I opened Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in Massachusetts, and later, the Suryalila Retreat Centre in Spain in 2011. Here, I continue to share the wisdom of yoga through teaching and training programs.


Timeless Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita

Over the years, the Bhagavad Gita has become my guiding light. It teaches that more crucial than yoga practice and a good diet is our relationship with life and how we handle its challenges. By studying and contemplating these teachings, we can stop worrying, let go of the past and future, and realize that in the grand scheme of things, nothing really matters that much. This shift in perspective allows us to tap into our natural potential for happiness and peace.


Tips for a happier and more peaceful life


  • Seek Happiness Within: Don't expect objects, events, or people to make you happy. True happiness comes from within and is the nature of the Self. While the material world is unpredictable, inner peace is attainable through knowledge and self-awareness.


  • Practice Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga is about selfless action. Instead of asking, "What will I gain from this?" act without expecting any specific results or recognition. This mindset frees you from suffering and brings peace. Be grateful for your blessings, parents, and teachers. Practice kindness and generosity, and embrace whatever comes your way with an open heart.


  • Embrace What Is: Accept that you have no control over what ultimately happens. Let go and go with the flow, embracing both the good and the bad without resistance or judgment. This acceptance reduces suffering and increases happiness. While you can't change events, you can change your response to them.


  • Contribute to Others: Find ways to give generously through small acts of kindness, sharing time, energy, or ideas, and volunteering. Giving without expecting a reward adds meaning to life and enhances happiness.


  • Cultivate Sattva: Sattva is a pure and aware energy. You can cultivate Sattvic energy by eating healthy organic foods, practicing Yoga, pranayama, and meditation, walking in nature, and living a wholesome life. The more Sattva you have, the happier you will be.


Love,

Vidya


Vidya, founder of Suryalila and Frog Lotus International arranging flowers at her retreat centre in andalucia, south of spain

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