Although this has been said a zillion times I wonder how many of us follow it and practice it in our daily lives. This is where I totally respect my mom. Her single-minded devotion to her Guru and His teachings inspire me to bring some discipline into my daily life as well. I passed out of college last year and since then have been working and trying to manage my 1001 other activities like a head-less chicken. I have realized that I hardly have any time for myself – with myself – for personal well-being and, as the erudite would put it, for “holistic living.”
I have started practicing Yoga every morning. I consider myself privileged to personally know the good people running the Yoga Cure Institute at Kolkata – which has branches at Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco. The institute was established in 1937 and has a lineage more than 300 years old including the renowned Yogi Sri Paramhansa Yogananda – who was instrumental in taking Yoga to the West.
I have been going there for a week now – It’s a pleasant 10-minute drive from my place. Sessions are held twice a week and Asanas are prescribed on an individual basis. While prescribing a routine/chart to an individual, special emphasis is given to Asanas, Pranayam, Meditation and Relaxation. Any activity is hard to start but once you do, it is addictive. It sets the tone in the morning and the feeling you have throughout the day is very rewarding.
I have made a lot of “starts” in a lot of things. Some of them have lasted. Some have not. But this is something I intend to continue. As a friend of mine has written in the white-board in his office cubicle:
“Anything worth doing, is worth doing well”