I first met Daniel at a Mindful Yoga Day in 2012, and not long after he began coming along to classes at YogaHara. He is a dedicated yogi and, as you will see from his thoughts below, lives a yogic lifestyle.
Meet Daniel Vains
Daniel has been a yogi for many years and a student at YogaHara for the past 4. This quote sums up how he feels about the practice.
“Yoga and meditation help us empty our mind and open our hearts, creating space for love to breathe” – Rachel Harris, Yogi Times
My Thoughts On Yoga
We live in a world where we are encourage to succeed, win, dominate, strive and impress. Busyness is admired and status is chased. We are taught that this is where our self-worth lives. In our titles, wealth, possessions and achievements. But to participate in this culture of consumption and comparison, we are forever haunted by the Hungry Ghost. We can never be satisfied.
In our pursuit of happiness we abuse our bodies, supress our emotions, consume to excess and immerse ourselves in distraction.
However this pursuit is in the wrong direction. We are moving more and more external to our Self.
So, what is the solution to this madness?
Yep, you guessed it…. Yoga!
Yoga is where we re-connect with our Self. It is an intimate connection with your mind, body and breath. We release physical, mental and emotional tension. We loosen our grip on identification with external conditions.
Asana creates space in the body, meditation creates space in the mind, and the breath is the bridge which connects the two.
Once there is space in the body and mind, a spontaneous joy will arise. A joy not dependent on anything external to your Self.
The more you practice, the more you will live from this space.
These are my thoughts on yoga.
Daniel Vains 2018
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