A Yogi’s Guide to Feeling Our Connection to Everything

Written by on September 25, 2013 in Body & Mind, Wellbeing - Comments Off on A Yogi’s Guide to Feeling Our Connection to Everything

celesteWhen I first started yoga I clearly remember thinking the teacher had lost it when she started talking about how everything is inter-connected. I liked the postures and focusing on them alone was enough for me to enjoy yoga. I didn’t feel the philosophy she was teaching resonated on a deep level with me.

Now it’s 13 years later and I have made a 180 degree paradigm shift. Yoga somehow with all of it’s wisdom made me see that I am not a lonely person on a lonely planet, but that life is intricately connected at the deepest level, ultimately we are all one. I wasn’t sure exactly when this realisation had started but as it gradually began rearing it’s head I was seeing it clear as day right in front of me. Every action I took had a ripple effect that was so much bigger than I could ever have dreamed. I became especially excited when through personal research I started learning more about Quantum Physics. This was the science all yogi’s were waiting for to show the world that what they had been saying for thousands of years was true all along. 

Thinking back over the last few years I began to wonder, what was it that made me realise my connection to the world around me? Pondering this thought I feel that these yogic practices were what played the biggest role in expanding my consciousness:

Ahimsa

Ahimsa was one of the first stages ancient yogi’s had to master before they were able to progress in their spiritual evolution. Ahimsa refers to compassion, the desire to make sure no action taken has any harmful effect on any other living being. When you practice Ahimsa in your daily life it makes you think through every action you take and in addition to this makes you realise that actions previously taken without awareness perhaps did cause suffering to another being. One way I practice Ahimsa is by making conscious decisions about the clothing I wear.

Lokha Samasta Sukinu Bhavantu 

This mantra is very special. Translated it means, “May all beings everywhere be free, and my actions contribute toward that freedom.” Much like practicing Ahimsa, this mantra get’s us to evaluate our day to day actions and if positive steps need to be taken to keep other beings free and happy we are willing to take those steps. After all, that’s what we would expect someone to do for us. 

Karma Yoga

When I was doing my teacher training, a part of the day always involved doing Karma Yoga. This was where we would do chores around the ashram with no expectation for anything in return. I continue to do this now in my day to day activities. The funny thing is, you do it with no expectation of receiving anything but you always get so much more back than you give. Life is funny like that. My karma yoga now is to mentor new teachers for free. If you don’t have time to donate make a donation to your favorite charity, you’ll get it back some other way – I promise!

So Ham

So Ham means, “I am That”. Basically it put’s into words the whole concept of appreciating that you are EVERYTHING. As you silently repeat “So” you breathe in and as you breathe out you repeat “Ham”. The mantra acknowledges that you are everything and everything is you. The first time I started seeing our connection to everything was when I watched the movie, “Baraka” (www.barakathefilm.com) and then later the film “What the Bleep?” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioONhpIJ-NY)

I hope you enjoy practicing these steps and as you meditate on them may they inspire you to see how every action you take has a butterfly effect beyond your wildest imagination. Through this realisation may we seek to take positive steps to make changes that build a world with less suffering and more love, because this will the ultimately come back round to you.

About the Author

Celest Pereira

Celest is a trained dancer and martial artist with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and over 10 years yoga practise. Celest completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India in 2009 and has been teaching full time since then. Witnessing her classes really begin to buzz with increasing numbers of regular students she founded CITYOGI (www.cityogi.com), a website aimed to make yoga more accessable to the city professional. Celest's greatest passion is to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She has classes in top yoga centres in London, such as Triyoga and Evolve and regularly takes groups to exotic locations for yoga retreats.