So many of us turn to our mats in studios or in our homes, in an effort to connect the mind to the body, so that we can truly FEEL where we are in space and time. Recently though, I’ve been working to help students maintain this connection off their mats as well.
-Basha Nemeskeri– 2020 VYC Ambassador- Nanaimo
Yoga is Basha’s passion! Her goal is to create an open, safe, patient environment which enables people to grow. She has been studying yoga for the last 14 years, and has always been guided to serve and to share her passion with others. She lives and loves in Nanaimo, where she spends her days playing with her family, hiking, adventuring, and learning all the ways she can incorporate yoga into life.
Yoga is truly a gift that enables us to never stop learning. Basha has done almost half a dozen teacher training’s and can’t see herself stopping anytime soon! It’s a never ending University of YOURSELF! and it’s magical to see the lessons that are unearthed year by year. The wisdom that she holds in her is the same that we all have. We’ve just sadly forgotten how to access it. Basha’s hope is to help people remember how incredible they were designed to feel, and to begin to use the wisdom and healing that is within them to strengthen their minds, bodies, and spirits!
We’ve all heard that without meditation, there is no yoga. When the mind works to remain calm, while the body is active, we begin to feel how we can stay equanimous even while navigating the shifting currents of life. So many of us turn to our mats in studios or in our homes, in an effort to connect the mind to the body, so that we can truly FEEL where we are in space and time. This helps us to not just be held tightly in our busy brains, caught up remembering and planning. Recently though, I’ve been working to help students maintain this connection off their mats as well. Creating a life that IS a meditation means focusing on a single thing during yoga, but also while doing anything in life.
One of the ways that I see we’ve lost touch with being able to meditate, is in the way we eat. So many of us (me included!) wolf down something handy, barely tasting it. Many times we eat over the sink with one hand holding a fork, and the other holding a phone. It’s so easy to have an entire meal without even realizing it!
When you’re eating, meditate on your eating, not on the distractions, or the list of things left to do with your day. Think of what you’re eating: What are the qualities of the food, where did it come from? When you begin to ask these questions, they bring you back into your body, into the current moment, and help tether you to the senses.
The same can be done regarding our jobs – When you’re giving yourself to your career, or to your dharma, whether it’s because it pays the bills, or because it’s your hearts’ longing, let those feelings be one and the same. When you focus on the task at hand and apply a mentality of benevolence and good will to it, the hours become seconds, and the job becomes a gift!
Doing one thing at a time, that’s doing yoga, and you can do it all day without having to be in a studio, or on your mat even.
You can sleep like a yogi, breath like a yogi, walk like a yogi, talk like a yogi. Whatever you do, let the magic wand of focus touch it. Then your entire life becomes a yogic life, not only when you do asana or pranayama. You begin to practice yoga all the time. You are doing one thing at a time, all the time 🙂