Author Melissa Bryan
Lead With Love
May all people be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all.
Valentine’s Day 2021 has just passed, and I was on the other side of the holiday just teaching my high school students how to make heart map to discover the stages of their lives that fill their hearts, and as soon as I finish Romeo & Juliet and so on I hope more with others, and find myself thinking more about love and how it works in the universe. Records help us to be skeptical of growing, and perhaps even worry, about our future; The wording of the translation empowers us to prophesy.
What, though, enables us to follow the spirit of the universe? How do we develop the highest level of love in our time? Yoga teaches us this.
These words, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” remind us that love comes from us; it is the hope that everyone will be happy and free, and the best way to receive our love is through giving happiness and freedom to others.
In preparation for my class on Elie Wiesel’s Night this week, I read a quote from another anniversary of the Nazi Holocaust, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl, who was in prison, spoke of love while wondering if his wife was still alive, “I knew only one thing – what I have learned so far: Love goes beyond the body of the loved one. It defines the meaning of his spiritual personality, his inner personality.” , I think, yogis have already begun to sing, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.” To him, love is something that resides within you, but the same thing that comes out. It is not someone else, it is not made by external nature, it does not act or depend, and it is impossible for anyone to remove it; love goes very far from yourself and stays very far inside of you.
Through the lens of yogic, love and happiness is freedom, but it is actually a calm, active way in which we contribute to the experiences of all people everywhere.
If yoga is a state of mind, not just action, then one of the ways in which we can explain the progression of yogicity and its essential partner, internal painting, is the practice of love. Instead, the habit of love is based on the concept of yogic so that we are often reminded by our teachers to “guide lovingly” or “enlighten our hearts” as a physical effort to show what we cry for and hope to help the world beyond our mat.
Like love, the more complex and muddy forms, yoga also includes misunderstandings. Only after many years can one understand that giving love (happiness and freedom to others) also brings love, doesn’t it? Lovers of experience know that love does not reside in someone else, nor does it depend on what others think or feel about them. It does not exist or cannot be found and come to people or places, and I think it is similar to yoga. Now, after 20 years of practicing yoga, I am able to “discern how all the organs… affect each other,” recalling the meaning of MoMA dye.
I can’t be sure of any emotional pain or I can describe in words how yoga connects the body and mind or know how the dye is made, but I “recognize its parts” and I can see the picture better. Unfortunately, over time, we become obsessed with what we see (art), how we do it (yoga), and how we live (in love).
Last night, as I lay in my bed, head under my pillow, closing the remnants of the lost light, I discovered what seemed to be the uniqueness of yoga. That’s how yoga dictates all the activities – activities that are too far away from the mat, have the responsibility of stepping on the mat. And as I try to “lovingly lead” the mat, I find that I can “lighten my heart” to others at home, at work, on the street, and at any other time of the day. In the dark, I understood how all aspects of my life were “affected” by each other, and then I realized that I was living a yoga-loving life.
A beautiful concept of self and your connection with the universe to be sure, but which activities allow for the unquestionable acceptance of the cloud connection between body and mind, love and yoga, mats and street relationships?
I can say that the yoga within me, which I do in the studio, has helped me identify the thoughts and ideas I want to explore (and leave the ones I don’t want to underestimate or care about) in my mind, heart, and page. Briefly describe the yogi student I love to join each week: the thoughts that come to you on the couch come back to you; if they are among you, they will be there when you leave. In other words, the unconscious awareness that comes out slowly and the breath of the asanas on the mat does not lose you as long as you do not sleep on your bed at home. The sweet, smooth feeling that gathers you and comforts you on the couch re-creates any connection to the mat.
I am very quiet at yoga, and at home I am very quiet. You look a lot in the studio, you look at work.
We listen to the teachers on the couch, we listen to their loved ones leave the couch. Continuation is not cut at all.
Thus, the asana system (as well as focusing on the spiritual aspects of the process and looking to climb the chakras) produces and gives us a mantra-esque formula to support our lives of what we try to reconsider words, actions, and thoughts that do not do the same. With a little practice and as an active student, you can train yourself to “think about yogic” when you are away from the practice to see how your actions, words, and thoughts are. But, by having enough practice and being present on the instructions, you can perform miracles in a loving way when you find yourself on the couch with others who are not on the couch.
Although I have been on the couch repeatedly for 20 years to help with exercise, it is the voice and guidance of my teachers that repeats all of my days, months, and years. Those words and teachings follow constantly from me everywhere and every day, but they are not true of the day.
When we open a class, we usually sing. The first song is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.” The songs can change, change, and repeat, but the class will sing together, and the direction will keep us all connected. The first act of love. It’s not just connecting with people in the classroom, though, because often your eyes are closed and your energy is drawn in, but all of these words do what I remember my children’s teacher training about the purpose of “Om;” i.e., Om, like singing, I want to be shaken. While we are inside, we also do not have it. As we seek the depths of our souls or psyches, we look forward to driving, I think, at the same time, the connection with all things in nature.We pray together that all people are happy and free, and we believe that our actions “helped” love for them.As they say, “What we show …” It’s a very powerful moment.
As a very opening, Om or song is associated with the establishment of a goal or commitment. Teachers instruct us to do things for someone else, not for ourselves. For me, when I’m on a mat, I have the same goal or the person I dedicate to, but what I realize about goals, as we do asanas, is that they are not ideas or should not be fulfilled or achieved.
There are many days when I’m not feeling well and I don’t have a “steady appetite and regular breathing,” which is why, I walk continuously without a “steady mind.” Some days, I’m just weak, lazy, but I keep going, preparing, singing with my fellow yogis, and I’m safe at the thought that my goals, whether I act wisely that day or not, are going too far and inward. How do I know? I know why, as my teacher put it, “everything is connected;” when we stop yoga we feel better, and we do better, and we just know that connecting.
The class opening, music and dedication, Oms and Objectives, I think are like the heart maps I gave my students last February. They include all of our pieces – fun and broken. I can put them on a page to read or see them as I walk through the classroom; I can’t figure out how the pieces fit together, but I do see the picture. I know he makes my heart.
What makes the heart, why we live, as well as the goals we set is why we do yoga. If we have a bad day or are blue, the experts we meet know that there is no such thing as a self-criticism, a derogatory remark, or a feeling of infirmity because our goal was to love others. There is no “drama, just rama . ”(Virtue or chivalry)
Mentioning what I think – if it is sometimes silly – yoga master:
The one on the mat is the one in life.
Doing Love: Mat Working
In the top ten, the list of medications, below is a breakdown of the “isms” of some teachers who help on and off the couch. These prophetic words are ways we can visualize and enlighten our lives just as we do yoga. He also puts us in the classroom, as well as in life. We believe that it is a framework that fosters our unloving and unloving attitude.
1. “Put on your sandals”
2. “Make whatever moves you want, then install”
3. “One breath, one breath”
4. “If you fall, come back”
5. “Take a deep breath, let out a deep breath”
6. “Your thoughts are not yours”
7. “If it is difficult to get out, you are doing well”
8. “Take away all things”
9. “Do not disturb others, come and be”
10. “Shanti, shanti, shanti” – peace, peace, peace
When you think about these lines in a yoga class, all of us yogis understand the power of pranayama, the difficulty of correction, the importance of using your mind and moving yourself smoothly from mental stress, the unpleasant and painful descent or departure or division, and time to prepare termination of flaccid incompatible class. The whole habit, even every line shared here, is a love affair (to be happy and free). Think about using the same words in your life outside the studio and outside the mat.
Take a moment to think about the same words based on your relationship. I hope you will see the same picture I have; that is, everything is connected and through yoga, it is easy to live a very loving life.
“Namaste, have a nice day.”
Ode For Psyche
ditor’s words: This is guest author Melissa Bryan, a yoga teacher taught by children at Karma Kids, a 20-year-old yogi practitioner, and a teacher of English and ESL high school in New Jersey. He holds an MA in Teaching English, ESL certification, and is earning an MA in Creative Writing and Literature. He is an associate professor with Writing and Assessment at ESL, and is a teacher advisor to the National Writing Project at the Drew Writing Project / Digital Literacies Collaborative in Madison, NJ.