Healing with Bliss

The powerful, transformational healing of Yoga, is the healing of the Bliss or the unconditional love and creative, positive energy of the Universe. There is nothing more healing in our existence as human beings.

With Yoga we heal by restoring balance to the bodymind and life.. . … today we understand so much about diseases: even dread diseases are epigenetic – an individual’s response to the world, and caused by three things: nutrition or malnutrition, elimination (or lack of) and toxicity, and of course, stress. And we understand that the way to healing and often complete cure, is with simple and effective lifestyle changes: with Yoga this is healing with Bliss, the positive energy of the Divine higher Consciousness which restores balance and health to the physical body, the vital body of the breath, the mind, thoughts and emotions and of course our energetic body.

Bliss, our personal bit of “heaven” that we’re born with, is the quality of energy of Divine Consciousness, your Source: pure and unconditional love, compassion, truth, creativity and intelligence. This blissful energetic quality is what I personally think we crave collectively as humanity and so it points the way to how we heal what I call “humanity’s heartbreak”.

As Yoga teachers – as in the genre I was taught, steeped in meditation – we’re here to heal, by loving unconditionally, practising acceptance and helping others to get some reprieve and release from the stresses and strains of life today, and making that as simple as possible by guiding people to getting the space and time necessary to connect regularly with our own little bit of heaven that is always with us, our Bliss.

We do this in Meditation practice. We transcend our physical flesh body, our mundane minds, daily life and connect with our Source in Meditation. What is common, as far as I can tell as a teacher, is that the benefits of regular practice are profound. And the healing is sometimes simply astonishing! Healing which can be mental, emotional, physical, spiritual as the bodymind of a human being responds to regular practice: recreating ourselves energetically.

Meditation can be a maturing and transformational process as the meditator ceases to see her/himself as separate from everything and begins to experience harmony, balance and inner peace: qualities of our own Bliss.

I’m always conscious of men and their needs for spiritual, social and psychological health. They’re kind of “lost”, many of them seeking a new role in these shifting times in our human evolution.

Finding access points to living consciously doesn’t alway come naturally to a man: although Meditation suits many men, deep self-nurturing can be an uncomfortable prospect! And yet we need to make the mindbody a more comfortable place for the spirit to dwell.

The home Ayurvedic “Bliss Bath” however, has a deep tradition of masculine spiritual ritual in the tradition of regular mindbody care, bringing the sacred into a grounding self-care routine: in making the Mindbody a more comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell, recognising and appreciating deeply sacred masculinity . . . for absorption of divine essence.

Skin, it’s cleanliness and care, were ritualised for an essential reason. Skin grounds you in your Mindbody. Skin is your connection with your Soul and the Divine. It is an integrally important part of your Yogic routine – uniting Mindbody Soul, your Divine Nature and Consciousness.

The “Bliss Bath” is a weekly Spiritual ritual. Inspired by the centuries old rituals in India which care very gently and regularly for the Mindbody . . . and which also prepare our bodyminds for Meditation and our Union with the Divine in practice.  Deep self-care for the Self brings the Sacred into making the Mindbody a more comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell. This is a ritualised grounding, practised thro skin-body care, the Ayurvedic oil self-massage, practised prior to a weekly Meditation to prepare us for our Union with Consciousness and absorbing Bliss Essence: the ritual “bath”.

Perhaps the best way to write about this ritualisation of self-care is to give you inspiration with this precis from Indian Philosopher Krishnamurti’s biography: “ . . . as Brahmins  . . . Ritual bathing preceded by an oil bath was a discipline closely followed.”  The young K’s mother  had a puja room for the gods in the house (where K was actually born, very rare in India), the rituals for devotional practice were observed . . . at a time in India when the South Indian man, woman and child, rich or poor, sat and slept on a mat on the floor, and when the joint family provided warmth and a sense of family rare in the West . . . **

Many of us, whether women or men, are currently in need of regenerating ourselves through practice, by coming to terms with our lives and accepting what we all need to do next in our current chapter of world history: we heal and grow when we realise that we are evolving the Universe.

The essence of the Self is universal. 

It is autonomy, bliss and consciousness.

Absorption in this essence is the ritual bath.” 

Meditation 152 from the Nirvana Tao, the Contemplative Techniques of Cha’an (Zen)

Namaste, Susan

**  Krishnamurti: A Biography Pupul Jayakar

Susan’s weekly meditation class in the yogic tradition is on her Youtube channel

3 simple and almost effortless ways to grow spiritually every day for budding buddhas . . .

We’ve just had the Spring Equinox and it’s the real start to the year, here in the Western world. I re-post this blog every year at this time, but this year we had the powerful solar eclipse just hours before the Equinox. For the world, this has meant the very end of the Age of Pisces, the end of the era of dominant religions, Patriarchy and Saviour/Messiahs. 

This blog is the result of my insights into how much a year can change your life . . . and this year really is the first year for the growth of the individual and our enlightenment through our own integrity and handling our own issues . . .

. . .  simplicity and grounding will be key, I feel, and so my suggestions below are for those of you who’d like to evolve and grow on a daily basis throughout the coming year: may the buds of your buddha-hood open and blossom.

But, first a bit of a story: I was living in Saltaire, Yorkshire (UK) in the mid-90’s, intensely into my Yoga and Meditation training and dreaming of the day when I could be independent as a Meditation Teacher. I had made my bathroom in my apartment very soothing and beautiful. I had a few Meditation “clients” coming on a regular basis. By 1995 I had found a few simple ways to incorporate zen into my daily life.  And I had been given a little book for xmas 1994 – Daily Meditations for 1995 by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov.

I put the little book in my bathroom, made a lovely bookmark, and started 1995 with the intention of reading my meditations every morning for the year so that I would be the sincere and dedicated student my teachers deserved. I resolved to grow and evolve steadily and patiently and to look back through the book every two or three months to assess my progress.

What I didn’t expect was that everyone who visited me in my apartment during that year, was enjoying doing the same thing! I got used to people asking if the bathroom was free as soon as they arrived and disappearing for 5 minutes or so quiet time on their own . . . .

Before I give you my 3 simple insights for (almost) effortless spiritual growth, I’d like you to know one very important and fundamental thing to guide and support you on your path of development.

And it is this: Your teacher, guru or your master knows you are not neurotic. Your teacher knows that all you have to do is sit . . . . meditate, sit in stillness or contemplation, practice with honesty and integrity and your buddha nature will awaken – your divine self will shine through. And you must be sincere in your practice, for you do not come to your guru on your ground . . . you come to the teacher or master on his or her ground. And they will allow you to have evolved a little more every time they see you.

So, 3 very simple ways to grow and evolve on a daily basis.

Read daily inspirations:

Choose a source of inspiration that you can draw on consistently: you could follow one or two poets – my suggestions would be Rumi, Pablo Neruda or Kahlil Gibran.

To introduce you to Neruda and Rumi: go here for my free-to-download readings of their love poems.

Give up one weakness and grow one strength every day:

You were born with wisdom. You are a being of energy. You were also born with “shadows”. Your shadows are your weakness or neuroses – we all have them. You can consciously take control of your self and keep moving from the shadow to the light by strengthening the good stuff and letting the weaknesses wither away and die.

This practice takes a few minutes contemplation every day and keeping a journal helps to see what makes you bigger and what makes you smaller. An example of wisdom energy would be: having a profound sense of spaciousness; and the opposite weakness would be: getting very absorbed in a small world. Another wisdom would be: seeing the big picture and having a largeview; and the corresponding weakness would be: being rigid and tight and dogmatic.

Give up one expectation – especially about relationships – every day!

As you now know, you are a buddha with the potential to awaken, and not a neurotic to your teacher in Zen as long as you are sitting in Meditation regularly. Your friend, “other” partner, lover etc is also a buddha . . . give up one expectation in your relationships every day and give the people in your life the respect your teacher gives you in allowing them to have evolved a little every time you see them.

So, I’ll leave you with this thought: evolving and growing spiritually creates magic in our lives, so that we can know the miracle of setting ourselves free . . . and here’s one of those Daily Meditations I told you about to set you on your path for the coming year,  . . . enjoy!

Knowledge must be lived if it is to remain with you for all eternity.

The only thing that will not disappear, the only thing that you can take with you into the next world, is the knowledge that you have proved for yourself in your own life; the knowledge that has become an integral part of your being.” Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, Daily Meditations, February 19th 1995.

If you are setting out on the path to opening up spiritually, HERE is a free-to-download introduction to Yoga Meditation in the SuZen teaching style.

Namaste, Susan

Note:  As of today, and whilst I am writing my book on the Spirit of Zen in our lives, the suzenyoga website is inactive . . . after the eclipse, I went through an exercise of reclaiming my power from the invisible “master” of the internet*: My LinkedIn and SpeakingTree profiles are now private, My Twitter and Facebooks are on private alerts. This blog and the FreedomToFlow Twitter still feed my Amazon Author page.

* I didn’t choose for the internet to be my “master” or my Patriarch, but somehow I got told as did most of us, that we had to be subservient to it, give them all our free creative content and be grateful for the little they give us. I’m enjoying the liberation this little gap of freedom is giving me for my own creativity – a small act of power-reclaiming but a big step for liberation.

Nurturing our Yoga Teachers – Remembering the Seeds of Samadhi



Balance is what happens when you know in your heart something is right

 

I had a very clear vision of a network . . . and it wasn’t a social network. This vision brought a deep inner relaxation. What was coming to me was, that Yoga Teachers today might start to do what we are here for – to bring a rest and reprieve for our students from the stresses and strains of our modern world.

We are a Tribe.

We have different psychological crises than we did 2,000 – 6,000 years ago. We have different needs of our inner world, to balance our emotions so that we can handle our environment – which means “Balance” . . . our needs for balance are different today from when yoga was codified, or structured, or put into “paths” and systematised by “lineages” by the yoga masters of the past.

My heart was telling me something was not right – and, truth be told, it has been telling me this for quite some time.

My heart is usually right.

A couple of things were troubling me: media is about images and content. Yoga is full of images and content – but that is the surface, as we know. The surface illusion of “Yoga” has taken over, it suits the media . . . and to an extent it has suited us as teachers for a while: coverage of world yoga day recently was vast.

In one way that was heartlifting and positive, and yet . . . ?

The other thing that has been troubling me, for quite some time, is the need to meet the expectations of this vast image of yoga by fitting in: we fit in with community activities, we fit in with expectations of our “image” – we blog for free, we dilute our classes to suit lifestyles: both our students’ and our own. We have to pay big hire fees for our practice spaces, and we can’t always control the noise/light/heat/cold of the environment. Classes are only viable in certain social times: we accommodate by reducing the amount of time spent in pranayama to 5 minutes in an hour and a half class – and the cost has been . . . ?

The cost has been, I consider, to our compassion and our wisdom as teachers.

But mainly at a cost to our authority.

The cost has also been in diluting the yoga teachers experience in nurturing and compassion . . . because what has happened is that in the end, what is a “mind-body-spirit” path to inner life and freedom has become body-oriented with some mind-practice and the spirit has been paid lip-service to. Because most of our yoga teachers today do not spend time and practice in meditation – a reversal has taken place since my time of training when meditation was the primary focus, with philosophy and yogasanas making up our 8-steps to Samadhi.

And the Divine is our source.

But the real cost, as I have been seeing it for a good while now, is that we have surrendered our role of nurturers of the mind to a global industry in “Mindfulness” – and mindfulness does not accept the universal law of three (which is one of the abiding laws of karma) that there will always be polarities between negative and positive, “right and wrong”, “good and bad”, weak and strong – yet we grow spiritually through these because we recognise that the Divine is the source of vitality in our life: Mindfulness has become the new psychotherapy, attempting to cure imbalance with imbalance: a prescription.

Our yoga teachers need nurturing and developing, in our tradition of training the mind to train the soul . . . which is our purpose for being. Remembering the Seeds of our Samadhi is so important for us – and nurturing and growing these seeds.

If we don’t, as teachers: how do we do this for the world?

How else could we reach into our own hearts for balance, and know it is right to do this for our world?

Namaste

Susan Ni Rahilly, at the age of 63, is considered as a Master in India writing on Yoga and Meditation for Times of India, contributing as a Master to their global online community. Susan’s training and experience has been in Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, both Iyengar and Satyananda style, and Zen. She works with deep inner listening in breathwork in practice, and trains teachers.

Healing the Third Eye of the Earth

A blog for Spring Equinox 2017

Healing the Third Eye of the Earth

 

My writing in this blog today is not at all what I intended to write (which was about our Spiritual philosophy of living with Equality and Balance, as part of living with Divinity in our lives on the path of Yoga as we experience it in current times). But this is what came from inspiration today on Spring Equinox of 2017. It is, most definitely, a blog about balance . . . and maybe restoring Equality as part of our living with accelerated Spiritual Vision.

The Earth’s “Third Eye” Chakra

Those of you who are in a regular mindbody or mind-body-spirit practice are aware of and in tune with your own Chakras. Our Planet also has Chakras.

So, as our own personal Chakras are psychic gateways to higher energy and our potential Divine vibrations, the Planet also has these energetic centres and vibrational gateways. This is how Heaven and Earth align.

There are 7 major Chakras [probably more I would suppose] and also more minor energetic lines which run all over the earth in line with waterways and power lines.

Six of the Earth Chakras are pretty fixed. I say “pretty fixed” because change is a constant, paradoxically, and in the time-frame of our understanding for this concept, we are talking in Ages or Aeons – not about what happened last year or will happen next year.

One of the Earth Chakras, however, “moves” locations: it is called the mobile Aeon Activation Centre which carries the energy at the dawn of a new Aeon. This happens between Ages – again not overnight or in a couple of years – and the transitional period between Ages is usually 50-years or so. The Ages themselves, Aeons or Yugas, last for 2,200-2,500 years.

This is the Earth “Third Eye” or Guru Chakra. It is in transition now.

To give some background to the Earth Chakra locations: One, Base Chakra: Mount Shasta Northern California; Two, Sacral or Sexual Chakra: Lake Titicaca: Three, Solar Chakra Ulura and Kata Tjuta Northern Territory Australia: Four, Heart Chakra Glastonbury and Shaftesbury England: Five, Throat or Life Chakra Great Pyramid, Mount Sinai and Mount of Olives Middle East: Six, Third Eye is the mobile Aeon Activation Center: Seven, Crown Chakra Mount Kailas Himalayas India.

When the “Third Eye” or Guru Chakra as I prefer to call it moves, it transitions West by one-twelfth of the Earth circumference. It has been predicted that this new location will be Glastonbury in England.

I don’t think so. And on asking many . . . over the last year or so, I’m not alone in thinking that. The “Third Eye” of the Planet wouldn’t be in the same location as the World “Heart” Chakra. They have different purposes and energetic qualities. And I do suppose that the estimation for the “Third Eye” moving to Glastonbury is simply because of lack of knowledge of the energy in the ancient land of Ireland.

Ancient spirituality in the land energy is massive, and yes it has been blocked for a long time – issues mainly having been about immaturity of the masculine energy and suppression of the Divine Feminine.

And this is why I prefer to call the third eye chakra “Guru Chakra”, because the energetic principle at this chakra is Guru Energy or the Divine Principle: the meeting of Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine energies at the point of your own Divinity within. It is here that we raise our awareness to Wisdom, understanding the evolution of consciousness.

You’re reading this, so I presume you understand how we’re evolving. We’re collectively raising Kundalini, healing Earth Karma, working with Shakti, power of nature or “Livingness” as I call it. We’re aware of and mastering our own problems and difficulties, again collectively and individually – and recognising the individual becoming the master is part of our unfolding in this transition phase. Because we practice, teach, offer therapy, coach or live and walk the Divine path, we live in knowledge that what we do is keep the energetic channel open within for Divine Communication.

The full unfolding and integration of our wisdom at Guru Chakra is mastery. Self-mastery and the skill to be able to solve our own difficulties and problems with higher knowledge and thinking, working on a higher intuitive and skillfull level that requires wisdom.

Ireland is the Planet’s “Third Eye” Chakra

My reasoning behind prompting the understanding of the land of Ireland being the new Guru Chakra energetic center for our Planet is actually quite logistic as well as historically, spiritually and energetically based. If you knew that the Chakra was about to move West by one-twelfth of the Earth circumference, and that Glastonbury England is such a massive world power centre, then it’s quite a small leap to make conceptually. However, in terms of physical radius, it is actually only 250 miles west to the island of Ireland. Hardly a “Spit of the Goddess” [as they say in Egypt] on the face of the planet.

Living in West Cork, South West Ireland, it’s a felt experience for those of us in tune, spiritually toned up and living with the energy experientially.

This knowledge, culture, spiritual wisdom has been embodied in the land of the island of Ireland longer than is often recognised. However, it has been suppressed, blocked and abused also for a long time – probably for the whole of the dark age of Kali Yuga and 2,500 years of the shadow of the Divine Mother.

For the Earth Guru Chakra to awaken here, there is healing to be done. The Healing Ways Seem to be by the Divine Mother

Healing is Happening Now

There is broad-sweeping change and healing happening. To the rest of the world I do acknowledge that this will seem quite behind the times. Truth to be told, yes it is, but obviously the time is now.

Indicators of change and healing are showing the energy of the immature masculine energy which has dominated.

Issues of Child Care are being highlighted and addressed – with need for more accessible and affordable Creches. Healing of the housing crisis and homelessness is forefront – absentee owners with empty properties are being made accountable along with landlords being held responsible to meet their legal obligations for rental tenancy standards. And the awful, gut-wrenching issue of the young mothers who had to give up their babies in the un-aptly named “Magdalene Laundries” and “unwed mothers homes” coming to light with the discovery of mass baby graves.

Perhaps the picture I paint in words is not the usual one of the green island and the happy Irish diaspora celebrating St Patrick’s Day across the planet. But the way I choose to feel empowered about what I do, is to say to myself that I recognise the need for and teach the ways of holding the space for deep feminine healing to take place. This includes holding the space for men to “come home to their own hearts”.

Healing is Happening, Chakra is Moving

The age we’re in is one of transition from dark to light. It’s probably going to take another 50 years. What I am writing about here is not a “temporal” issue . . . not just of our time in terms of a few months or years . . . but it is a sign of metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a one-way process – so not like the annual cycle of a plant, but the not-going-back change of the Chrysalis-into-Butterfly.

For those of us in practice, or teaching, training, coaching [whatever our vibrational level is right now, and how that is manifest in your life] our role in easing the transition would obviously seem to be: hold the space and restore balance. Project your own stability onto the Earth. Merge your own inner balance with the collective. Keep your own inner channel open to the healing of the Divine Mother. Hold the space for the planet.

And most importantly, distill the wisdom we have brought together, for the future, so the light can be carried forward.

Pranams to the Mother

Namaste to you

Susan

In the next blog, I’ll write a little more about the process that has happened of teachers, practitioners, healers etc being drawn here to this location and experiencing confusion and constriction – with the purpose of explaining, as I have been guided: distilling the wisdom. And explaining more on timing of the Ages, the Sun’s precession of the Equinoxes, and quality of energy of the Ages.

Youtube Channel is here for Susan’s free weekly yoga meditation classes and teaching.

 

A Return to Innocence

We are continually in communication with Divinity, and Bindu Chakra, the energetic centre and psychic gateway at the back of the head is where we experience the amber nectar of immortality . . . the sweet nectar of the gods: we awaken and activate this center in our Yogic meditation practices, which essentially are a return to innocence.

Our Perfect Innocence

And of course whenever we express this kind of concept, from the cosmology and mythology of Yoga, we are talking about projecting outwards our own inner god-like qualities. Bindu Chakra represents a point in our inner cosmos, integral to our attitude to life and our relationship to the world and our environment . . . remembering our perfect innocence.

Hatha Yoga teachers would not normally teach this, as Bindu Chakra is not in their “books”. These practices come from deeper and older practices originating in the path of Tantra . . . practices which respect the experience of the vibration of the Divine within the human bodymind. So if you’re used to Hatha Yoga teaching, and you’re concerned about the way you look and how you move, these practices will be very different for you.

Reclaiming Spiritual Heritage

Right now in our evolution, some of us are reclaiming our spiritual heritage: what it involves is change, badly needed change for our world and planet. And the way we can make the necessary space for change to happen is of course to let go, to adapt, to learn and work with a process to make this happen. When we speak of process, with Yoga, we speak of practice.

So, Bindu Chakra practices. What happens with this practice, this process? We re-set our buttons . . . wash our emotions . . . straighten out our heads . . . connect with our soul . . . ancient energies and ways.

You give yourself time and space to do this: to find parts of yourself, to put yourself together into the whole. This is time and space to talk to a purer part of yourself . . . it’s a return to innocence.

The Yoga “Tribe”

As you know I’m teaching you “further than yoga”, to accelerate your spiritual vision for those of you who want to walk the Divine path through practice. And if you are drawn to Yoga, the whole of Yoga, going back to ancient teachings to go beyond in your life, then you are one of the “Yoga Tribe” in my opinion.

We are the mediators, we are the sensitive souls reawakened in the West with consciousness hidden in our memories, here at a time when the world needs us for our power to balance.

Reclaiming Power

Many of us have been suffering from erosion of Spirit for years now, stopping this erosion means reclaiming power – this power in Yoga we call Yoga Shakti. I ask you to ask yourself some questions about adapting to the changes we need to make right now in our evolution to contribute towards re-balancing power:

So, let in some light and ask yourself: where in my life do I see the need for change? And how can I let go of those things that I thought were so important, so that I can affect the change I need?

The practices I teach for awakening of Bindu Chakra are mainly on focussed concentration, and you can practice at your own pace in Class 25 of my Weekly Youtube Classes.

Namaste,  Susan

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The Inner Sacred Sanctuary

Visionary Ruin

INNER SACRED SANCTUARY

Namaste and welcome,  I’ve been teaching this Inner Sanctuary Meditation for well over 20 years now, and I used to use this in a therapeutic way for healing with the deeply healing techniques of yoga meditation with individuals, and I know it’s power.

This is a long meditation, about 40 minutes,  which is a visualisation in the yogic way, and the power of visualisation is that your meditation will change as you progress and change. The change of course is in your inner world. I’ve included this meditation in my teaching, free Youtube classes, as an important part of your development and growth on the Yoga Path.

I’m teaching this in Class 24 of my classes for its power to take you to a place where you can bring an order and method to your inner world to attain balance and inner peace. Ultimately to take you to the inner silence, in the stillness, that we need to “go to temple” . . . I do explain that in more detail in the introduction to the meditation, we mean the “temple in man”.

And when we talk about energy . . . life force, vital energy or prana . . . remember we are also talking about the energy within the body . . . the power of nature, livingness . . . known as shakti, goddess, kundalini, divine feminine or mother energy . . . the force of creation.

I’ll remind you of what we know about earth energy . . . remember Einstein and that it’s not only gravity holding matter down on this planet, but a force which is upwards from the planet . . . earth energy, electromagnetic energy, telluric forces as Steiner named them:  of course in our system of yogic belief and understanding we know this is Prana within the earth, our planet, which is moved by the cosmic breath . . . the Mother of the Breath.

My job is simply to show you the way to practice in your daily life, with simplicity of Divinity: there’s no big training for our classes on my Youtube channel, but you can review the classes on my channel for technique and practice which will help with focus and concentration, breath awareness and more, for meditation in the yogic tradition . . .

. . . enjoy your practice, Namaste,
Susan

 

Essence of Yoga Meditation website is here

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The 5 Wisdoms of Preparation for Practice

Practice, whether it’s yogasanas, meditation or simply sitting quietly breathing, is how we show our Soul that we are sincere and persistent about our intentions. Intention for practice is where the power lies for transformation, so that’s personal growth, health, self discovery, potential.

It’ll soon be spring in the non-Eastern world, our energies pick up, and many of you will have intentions of introducing some form of regular practice into your life. Home practice is a wonderful way of supporting and re-affirming whatever you do in classes. So welcome to this guide on the wisdoms of preparation for practice, which answers some frequently asked questions, and in particular includes guidance for making your own sanctuary space.

But first, a little more about intention: intention is what brings about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual change in our lives as we re-align ourselves with our Soul and it’s eternal journey, the Supreme Soul and Consciousness. The free flow of Consciousness through every level of our being is what brings health, harmony and joy into our lives.

There are 5 Wisdoms of Preparation for Practice

First Wisdom:

Preparation is a fundamental part of any process or ritual. It signifies to your minbody/spirit that you have commenced and are sincere about your process and practice. So we prepare our environment.

Second Wisdom:

Dedication and intention are the essence of profound healing through practice.

When we make a space dedicated with the intention of growing and evolving spiritually, we make a Sanctuary – a sacred place, a Temple if you like in your inner and outer worlds. The actual size of the space is totally unimportant as long as it is adequate for your practice.

Third Wisdom:

Inner peace is the path to personal empowerment. The Temple in your inner world requires quietness in your outer world – and, needless to say, you don’t want to be disturbed in your Temple.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Obviously you don’t want to be disturbed by noise or interruptions whilst in your practice.

Fourth Wisdom:

Energy comes from energy. This is a Universal and spiritual law: that energy doesn’t come from nothing, but it transforms from one state or quality into another – which is the basis for profound healing transformations in our mindbody, and life.

Whatever size of space you have available, it’s really surprising how quickly a calming, peaceful environment can build up in the spot you have chosen. When you enter your space, it’s a sort of energy that builds up – very similar to the energy you feel when you enter a sacred place of holy worship. The atmosphere of your Sanctuary Space will reflect the energy you produce by your meditation and yogasanas. This energy will build up and eventually anybody who is sensitive enough would walk into the room or the space and feel this washing over them like waves of peace and comfort.

Fifth Wisdom:

The mindbody needs to be a comfortable place for the Spirit to dwell. Caring for and nourishing our spiritual body requires care and nourishment of our basic subtle bodies – in Yoga we have 5 subtle bodies: the flesh, the lower mind/emotions, body of the breath, higher wisdom-mind or intellect and intuition, and the Cosmic or bliss body.

So soft lighting is preferable, it provides a peaceful ambience. Candle-light is the best form of lighting for an otherwise darkened room.

Make sure that, especially during meditation, you feel yourself to be in a warm and moderate temperature. Whatever you do choose to wear should be loose fitting. We don’t usually wear shoes while meditating – we usually use our yoga blankets for our meditation or you might like to choose a blanket which you are going to use just solely for your meditation practice.

And finally, of course, be sensible with your diet – incorporating as many fresh fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates but not sugar. If you need to drink then have your water with you, or juice. In our practice of Yoga we believe as the Yogies taught us, that fresh foods with the highest content of life force energy are the most suitable for the Yoga practitioner because in our Saddhana, our practice, we are continually in the process of refining our energy and vibrations as we aspire to live at the level of the Soul

Enjoy your practice, I hope this guide has helped you . . .

Namaste, Susan

Susan Ni Rahilly is founder and guide at suZenYoga: spirituality, understanding, zen, energy and nutrition thro dedication to Yoga practice. The SuZen Ashram site is the home for Susan’s online teaching and practices.