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Anastasiya

“One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion”

-Yoga Sutra 1.14

In the beginning my yoga practice was all about me and my own healing. I was practicing yoga when I had time or when life was overwhelming and I needed to get away. Then, many years ago, I met Nicki Doane here at Open Space when she came to teach a workshop. I will never forget the moment when she corrected my hands in downward facing dog; it changed my life forever. Just a few years later I was on my way to Maui for my first Teacher training. As I was developing daily discipline and self-control, the practice started to take priority in my life. Yoga isn’t all about me anymore.

“Yoga is a practice of quieting the mind”

-Yoga Sutra 1.2

Only when our mind becomes quiet, we can connect to our true nature and eradicate suffering. Practicing Yoga and meditation helped me to realize that I was suffering from my own reactions to the world around me, my ego and the mind-stuff related to it. I suffered from attachment and from fears that I created. After teacher training I attended a 10-day silent retreat known as ‘Vipassana’. By the 10th day, I was able to shed a few layers which no longer served me. I glimpsed my innocent, vulnerable and sensitive inner child. I realized that everything in this mysterious life is perfect just as it is. Life is to celebrate, to love, to dance, to breathe…I discovered that I am on this path for the rest of my life!

I am forever grateful to all of my teachers, including Guruji Vajra Raja, for precise guidance during my most recent training in the Universal Mandala Yoga Sadhana.