Flourishing Yoga Nebulas: A Grasp of Samadhi.

Via on Aug 18, 2013

 “We open ourselves to the possibility of bliss,

 the breakthrough of the transcendental reality into our consciousness,

whereby the ego principle is unhinged

and we fully recover our spiritual identity.”

~ Georg Feuerstein

As I continue studying the yogic philosophy, I feel my yogic path evolves profoundly. My mind is able to put into perspective many of Georg Feuerstein’s approaches to our yogic path, especially working our way to open ourselves to the possibility of bliss.

Rosey sunrises and fiery sunsets, high mountains, vast valleys, exuberant vegetation, and the mystic mediterranean waters, inspired constant sva-dhyaya—self-study. Yes, I was biking and practicing yoga in the Île de Beauté, Corsica. My path became a unitive discipline, where my mind battled the kleshas—afflictions, while gradually coming closer to my true essence. It felt as if each past experience, or simply each kilometer I biked, had been an illusion.

Although for most, “what is out of sight is out of mind,” biking Corsica proved the contrary, all that is out of sight potentializes our dreams and allows our mind and senses to self-purify, to experience bliss.

We had 500 km ahead during a 10-day period coupled to sauvage camping. Pedaling along the sea, rivers, under green tunnels, mountains, vineyards, simply nature’s wonders, allowed my mind to be fully dettached from my senses. My prana—vital life force—was splashing all over my inner body, as my intuition took over. My body was able to use the most subtle parts of the practice, the ujjayi—victorious breathing, bandhas—energetic locks, and dristis—gazing points for full concentration,  to open my heart, bow to life and get tiny grasps of Samadhi–like experiences—blissful states.

Practing yoga, proved the body’s holistic intelligence: the physical, pranic, biological and psychic parts; it turned into colorful nebulas, interstellar constellations of magic. Biking flourished into a moving meditation, with a practice of tapas—austerity, by keeping a fiery discipline to complete each stage.

Asmita—my sense of I-amness—was tamed by the fiery sun and the delicate turquoise of sea water. Each day of pure vital life felt as a miracle.

Living inspired by Yoga allows my heart to be open to the possibility of bliss. By the end, my body was feeling lighter, fresher, clearer, as my heart was able to reflect the light of the soul; as Feuerstein describes, being able to “polish the mirror of the mind” and achieve a significant progress in the yogic path.

Honoring my teachers:
Linda Munro & Gérald Disse, Ashtanga Yoga Paris;
Sri O.P. Tiwari, Kaivalyadhama Center
Smta Hansayi Jajadeva Yogendra, The Yoga Institute

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Ed: Sara Crolick

About The Global Yogini

As a multi-faceted artist, Carolina Daza (The Global Yogini) travels the world sharing her Yoga Art in a creative way. Her inspiring yoga teachers are Linda Munro and Gérald Disse at Ashtanga Yoga Paris , where she completed her 500HR Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga. A native Colombian, she studied abroad as a Rotary Scholar and later completed her M.A. at New York University while working as Artistic Director at the TISCH School of the Arts. She has embarked on various yoga/cooking teaching and training tours throughout Europe, including the Helsinki Yoga community with Kylli Kukk’s Joogakoulu Shanti; as well as living in Copenhagen, while staging in the kitchen of NOMA, one of the world’s top restaurants. Carolina's yoga trips has taken her from medieval mystical Ethiopia where she taught Yoga & Ayurveda to the fiery sunsets of India where she taught at the Ashiyana Retreat Center in Goa, as well as deepen her yogic studies at The Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz—the oldest yoga center of the world.

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2 Responses to “Flourishing Yoga Nebulas: A Grasp of Samadhi.”

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