The whole of Yoga is so much more than Hatha Yoga (or Yogasanas), and proper positive mental attitude is one of the important, healing, 5 Principles of Yoga. So these are some of the men who influenced my practice and attitudes to living with Yoga in my life.
I’m the woman by the pool on holiday in Spain with her nose stuck into a book, and if I’m not reading Cosmology, Yoga and Advaita (that was a joke) then I’m reading “Who Got Einstein’s Office” ( no, seriously!).
If it hadn’t been for him I would never have had the interest I do in Cosmology and Quantum Mechanics – and I guess I sound like Marylin Monroe, but aren’t men who wear glasses are so attactive? Albert Einstein’s thinking and writings gave me a mental imagery of the Cosmos and the amazing synchronicity of the Divine Mind.
As he said; “God doesn’t play dice with the Universe.”
Professor Joseph Campbell
What can you say about a man who has brought you from small little places in your mind to big, vast sources and open-ness of conceptual thinking? Certain postures and meditations opened up for me with his teachings – like having a concept of your own eternal nature in the Sphinx practice, and also Ancestral Worship.
And when Joe Campbell was asked by colleague Alan Watts what his Yoga was, he replied, “My Yoga is underlining sentences in books . . . “
This is what he said about sacred space: “Anywhere you are is a sacred place.”
Swami Vivekenanda belonged to the Vedantic beliefs in India (the purpose of the sacred texts, Upanishads containing the vedic scripts) and practices of their philosophical goals: that no-one person can be truly free until all of us are. In the late 1800’s Vivekananda was master Ramakrishna’s most intellectual student, and as a great orator, carried on his teachings; the mainstay of which is “Jiva is Shiva” . . . each individual is divinity itself.
This is one of his 10 Key Teachings: “Religion is not realisation; not talk, nor doctrine, not theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes, into knowledge. That is religion.”
The second part of Seeds of Yoga Meditations (learning the power of your mind in meditation) is available as a free audio guided download here in the suZenYoga.com Ashram’s Meditation Room.
Founder of suZenYoga, Susan Ni Rahilly is a published author, Meditation and Hatha Yoga Teacher. Her teaching typically draws on breathwork in deep Hatha practice, as well as Raja Yoga (the Yoga of Meditation). She lives in West Cork, Ireland where she writes and teaches.
23 years in her own practice now, and teaching Meditation for 18 years, Susan’s Hatha Yoga teaching is inspired by Zen and her ongoing research into our innate abilities for deep listening and intuitive practice. And never more so than in her work with children and young people. Susan describes her approach: “My Yoga became a way in which I could experience life and my yoga developed with my experience of life: exactly what it’s supposed to be, individual, vast and rich.