"A balanced mind is a strong mind"— Helen Mehtani (Sunday Stories 4th Edition)

by Shinjini Guha December 24, 2020

"I first started learning yoga as a teenager, and always went back to it to find her inner balance. I also had the opportunity to do yoga teachers' training in Delhi. In the middle of 2013, I unexpectedly experienced a severely traumatic event in her life. I lost my husband to sudden death. I naturally gravitated back towards yoga and solitude to help heal myself.

When I attended my first class and found my body could not move like before and I couldn’t understand why. Deep in my heart, I knew yoga was going to help me and I needed to figure out how.

Over time, I learned to be very patient and attended beginner and gentle yoga classes all over again. I still remember my first class where I was the only person in mid-30s sitting in a class full of grey-haired senior citizens. My body loved the gentleness of that class and wanted more of it. I realized I was so lucky I had the rare chance to practice yoga with a teacher's mindset and a beginner's body and what I learned in that period was priceless. 

This also taught me to really listen to the body and understand its language through gentle and slow asanas. Through this, I learned that everything we ever need to know is inside of ourselves, and was beginning to truly understand some of the deeper meanings of the various yoga philosophies. 

In the Yoga Sutras, the first sutra is 'Yogas Citta Vritti Nirodhah'. The direct translation is - 'Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations in the mind'. This means Yoga is so much more than trying to achieve the fancy pose.

It’s learning to get to know your body, mind, and spirit at a deeper level during the practice and as a result, calming our little monkey minds to be more balanced. A balanced mind is a strong mind." 

Shinjini Guha
Shinjini Guha

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