You know I found yoga in a really rough time in my life many years ago when I was feeling empty and looking for something that I wasn’t quite sure of. I was never big into the exercise aspect of it, but more so the spiritual components. In fact, I was so emphatic about it and wanted it to be so pure in its transmission that I went to India and stayed in an ashram for some time to study the sacred teachings. As soon as I arrived in India, I felt at home, I was so drawn to the mantras that were being chanted and to the statues that honor these amazing deities who reveal their identity in all their glory. I spent a lot of time there in reverence to them. I will always be so grateful to India and the practices I learned there because it was there that my teacher revealed herself to me. Since finding her my whole life changed for the better as she taught me to live fully and be present in love – something I strive for daily.
When I returned from India, I was never satisfied with the yoga studios here, they never went to the places I was taken with the yoga practice in India. But because of my fever to learn more, I was able to find my yoga teacher in the states, Sri Dharma Mittra, whose teachings are a direct learning from his Indian Guru, Yogi Gupta. It is in his trainings that I continued to learn the importance of chanting all the names of God and even if I didn’t know the meaning of the chants – If I continued honoring them, they would reveal themselves to me. My practice today focuses more on the bhakti – pure devotion to God because there is no other form that so directly connects me to my True Self. Before I had my son, I would go to the Hare Krishna Temple for lessons on deepening this practice. The deities/different forms of God reflect to me daily at BHNY what I am to learn to honor in myself, the power and strength offered by Shiva, the pure love and devotion by Hanuman and the ability to work through obstacles by Ganesha.
I can promise that BHNY is a representation of all that I have laid out and it was delivered with complete reverence and guidance from my teachers. All the staff have been hand chosen because they are attracted to all that I have just said to you. I believe that my teacher has called each and everyone to the space to share their love for the practice of yoga; the asana is the gateway deeper parts of the practice. We are all working towards one goal and that is Yoga: union with God and Self-realization, liberation from the mind-stuff so that we can become and recognize our true divinity. You are me and I am you and we are all God.