About Yawu Miller

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Yawu Miller began practicing the Siddha Yoga teachings in 1981, and he has been a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher since 2006. In the past, he has offered seva as a manager of the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Boston and a steering committee member for the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in the Greater Boston area. His core practices are meditation and svadhyaya, the recitation of sacred texts.

Professionally, Yawu works as a senior editor for a weekly community newspaper. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College. Yawu lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Launch Meditation Session II

Movement of the Breath

Taught by Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher Yawu Miller

In Session II, Movement of the Breath,” participants will learn to travel to the madhya by following the natural sounds and movements of their breath.

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Shortly after participating in Meditation Session II, I had a dream of Gurumayi. I was with her and looking into my heart for what I could do for her. Our eyes met. She was smiling.  She said I should find time during the day, a few minutes here and there, to connect with the inner bliss, with the madhya, and that would be enough. I have done that every day since then and have felt such a strong connection to Gurumayi, to the shakti. This reminds me that my inner bliss is huge, infinite, and that my worries and preoccupations are small. I'm so grateful for this perspective and this connection to my Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from Louisiana, USA

During the meditation, I had a vision of millions of people all over the world, connected in a big circle, breathing the same breath. I saw Breath as an entity much bigger than the individual participants who were breathing. Breath had great power; she moved everyone and everything. For a moment I felt myself as Breath, ever-pulsating in an eternal movement.

After meditation, contemplating this experience, I realized that I had gone beyond my ordinary state of awareness, glimpsing the depth and the sacredness of life.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace, which has expanded my awareness.

a Siddha Yogi from Oostzaan, Netherlands

I fell into a very deep and peaceful state. I experienced that I was meditating in Baba's Samadhi Shrine, and I felt Gurumayi's love very strongly.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this powerful meditation session.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

During Meditation Session II, while I was following the instructions of the teacher, suddenly my breath stopped and I felt a sense of expansion. I stayed there enjoying this new space. I have never experienced this before.
 
I became very excited because I know I have found the space between the breaths, which I can explore. I had the sensation that I have found a new and previously unknown aspect of myself. I'm so happy!

a Siddha Yogi from Milan, Italy

The first time I visited the murti of Shri Durga, the Devi, in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, something happened: as I approached her temple, I felt a wave of tender love well up within, with the undeniable feeling that I was meeting my best friend. During the subsequent years that I served there as a long-term student, I often visited the Devi to bring offerings of flowers or dakshina, in gratitude for her compassion and divine friendship.

This morning, as I listened to and followed the meditation instructions during Meditation Session II, an image of the murti of Durga astride her tiger suddenly appeared in my mind's eye. In that moment, I instantly knew that my "best friend" is with me all the time, as the breath. My eyes became moist and my heart grateful for this experiential understanding, for this darshan of the Shakti in the breath.

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

The purest sense of well-being in the inner space,
Tenderness as if the breath would caress me,
Infinite, timeless, like ocean waves.

Many thanks, dearest Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Ingolstadt, Germany

I feel such joy when I connect with the divine in the form of my breath. Thank you for the practical applications given in this session, which I found very helpful and easy to do.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for supporting our practices in this manner.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

During the session, as soon as the teacher guided us to pay attention to our breath, it felt so good and rejuvenating. I began to long to stay there with it.

After the session ended, I simply remained on my asana, continuing to follow the instructions we had been given earlier. My body naturally found a posture that stretched and loosened up what seemed like ancient tensions. The next thing I knew, it was forty minutes later and I felt totally new. I felt refreshed and very quiet. I could hear AUM ringing clear and strong in the inner sky of my being.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving me what I had been longing for, even before I knew that I was longing for it.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Meditating on the natural movement of the breath, going in and out, gave rise to a warm and consoling feeling. As I contemplated my identity with the shakti in the breath, undulating pulsations of irregularly-shaped blue ovals appeared in my inner view.

My mind automatically turned to focus on the colored shapes as they pulsed, moving ever inward. Then the mind became silent, and a great feeling of calm and tranquil joy arose from within.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for continuing these Meditation Sessions that lead us to the joyful experience of your Message for 2016.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

I sense that the peace and calm that I experienced in the meditation session is present and available at all times. As I followed the instructions and listened to my breath, I became completely immersed in the experience that God controls all movement within us.

Walking to God, to Consciousness, to light, to the Heart—that’s the true journey of this lifetime!

a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA

I continue to be amazed that simply by turning my attention inward and following the breath, I can move along the path to the madhya. My meditation experience was deep, peaceful, and enriching.

I so enjoy connecting with the global sangham each month in the Universal Hall. Thank you, Gurumayi, for creating this space in which we can connect to our Source time and time again.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA