This morning, when I opened the website, I saw the Swamis’ letter giving us the focus of study for the month, which is prana-shakti
. This gave me so much joy because, since early this morning, I had already been focusing on the breath. When I was meditating, I was focusing on my breath and the meditation session was very different from the way it usually is. There were no thoughts, and I was able to remain connected with myself.
Then I went to teach a hatha yoga class, and during the class I had the students focus on the breath. By the end of the class, the energy was so calm.
Then, reading this letter, I felt we are so connected. And, as I read, my focus automatically turned to my breath. My reading of the letter became meditation.
a Gurukula student from Gurudev Siddha Peeth
In the beginning of the year we were given the mantras for the practice of Surya Namaskar
. I've since re-focused on hatha yoga, going back to basics, to beginning classes that go in depth into the actions of the poses. This has led me more and more to discovering the breath and its connection to action. I see that when there is a connection between the breath and action, a subtle link is formed, opening the body like a flower. I’ve been discovering the prana
, which permeates and unifies. I’ve experienced the sense of separation between layers of muscle, tissue, and bone dissolving, unifying my mind, body, and heart.
And now, here we are, focusing this month on prana-shakti
! Such a joyous unfoldment of the teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Sitting in the local coffee shop, I began reading the April letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis. As I followed the instructions given from Gurumayi’s book The Yoga of Discipline
and breathed in and out deeply several times, a wave of gratitude passed through me.
This year, more than any other, meditation has come easily for me. Thank you, Gurumayi, for your loving care and attention.
a Siddha Yogi from Pontypridd, United Kingdom
Reading this letter from the Swamis led me to contemplate the importance of the simple, yet primordial act of breathing in my life. Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave.
I think of how, when we are born, we gasp for air, our lungs fill up with oxygen for the first time, and we embark on a new journey. We don’t need to be taught how to breathe. Breathing freely is natural to us. Yet, as we grow, we may unlearn this perfect inborn ability, which is a lifeline to our inner Self.
As a Siddha Yogi, I can tap into this natural process again, guided by the Kundalini Shakti awakened by my Guru’s grace. I simply need to be steadfast in my meditation practice, and focus on my breathing throughout the day to calm my mind and soothe my emotions.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for being a constant source of inspiration.
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina