No knowledge is to be found without seeking, no tranquility without travail, no happiness except through tribulation. Every seeker has, at one time or another, to pass through a conflict of duties, a heart-churning....The human body is the battlefield where the eternal duel between right and wrong goes on. Therefore it is capable of being turned into a gateway to Freedom. It is born in sin and becomes the seed-bed of sin. Hence it is also called the field of Kuru...Who is there that has not experienced the daily conflict within himself between the forces of Evil and the forces of Good?
Gandhi, Mohandas K.. The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi (p. 13).
My journey with yoga began in search of meditation and prayer. I found much more! On this journey, I stumbled into a Hot Vinyassa class at my local yoga studio. I soon realized the breathing techniques I learned using the meditation apps Headspace and Calm, were similar to the breath techniques being cued in class. I discovered mindfulness of the breath, the body and the mind. Having studied and practiced strategic intervention, 12 Step and Stoic Philosophy, I noticed the Asana, yoga's physical postures, combined with breath were having a positive impact on my THINKING. Could I combine all that I had learned outside yoga with the body to help me with my inner struggle? The answer was, ABSOLUTELY! To expand my personal practice, I took my 200HR YTT at BeYoga, Marietta GA.
After reading "The Bhagavad Gita" with the personal commentary by Mohandas K. Gandhi, I realized I had finally found what I had been looking for; my original purpose for starting a yoga practice, a personal connection with the Divine, the God of my understanding. Most importantly, I finally knew WHERE to look; WITHIN.