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“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” It’s so much easier to be pessimistic than to be optimistic, isn’t it? To look at the half empty glass instead of the half full glass, to criticize and complain instead of expressing our appreciation and gratitude for everything that happens to us and all around us. Well, not anymore.
Q: How can I know that Ananda’s YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) is a high-quality training? A: Our Level 1 200-hour program is registered with Yoga Alliance. Every Ananda graduate can register with the Alliance as “Registered Yoga Teacher.”
Last Saturday on the adjacent mat was a pleasant Norwegian woman. After class she asked me if I liked the class and I responded affirmatively. I asked her if she liked the class and she replied, "I like this teacher because she always adds some spiritual stuff at the end." I laughed. In my mind I thought, that's like someone saying, "I've always eaten salads at McDonald's -- I didn't even know they served hamburgers!"
When Ed trained in yoga he lived in silence, practice and service. He soon became aware that yoga is far more than just a series of postures or mental exercises, but rather is a way of life that leads to self-realization. He trained at the Bihar School of Yoga in India during the late 1960s, where he became a swami -- a yoga expert. But only when he came back to the west and began to live as a yogi did he see how inclusive and far-reaching yoga really is. Although it has its roots in Hinduism, yoga transcends the limitations of religion; it stands alone.
Yoga has been around for a long, long time. The earliest reliable evidence we have of Yoga being practiced in ancient India is a carving from the early Indus Valley settlement, Mohenjo-Daro , possibly dating back to 3300 BCE 1 . By way of comparison, Lao Tze, Socrates, and Buddha wouldn't be born until almost 3,000 years later. So in order to provide a truly comprehensive history of Yoga would entail the work of a lifetime (or lifetimes!).