We are honored to have Timea instruct with wisdom and love at the Shala.
Practice with her on Tuesday's for a one hour Intro to Ashtanga from 9:30-10:30 am
and Wednesday nights for Mysore 6-8 pm
Scott planning on another 30 years of Ashtanga.
"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
I started my yoga journey 30 years ago. I've had the opportunity to practice with many yoga teachers through this time. I met Diana 3 years ago and would say without a doubt that she embodys a silent strength, profound wisdom combined with perfect articulation of what the practice is all about. When I first came to the Shala, I was surprised how friendly and welcoming everyone was and how Diana took such a personal approach to my practice. I feel as though coming to the Shala is a mini-retreat in my day.
The practice and teachings are very relevant in my work as a Hospice Nurse. For the last 18 years at the heart of my work is the study and practice of spiritual care, assisting hundreds in preparation for a meaningful death. Dedicated to fostering awareness and compassion for those facing their final days, the teachings at the Shala are not only beneficial for the work but essential for my own personal care and growth. Taking Dhristi off the mat and into my life is a constant reminder that this life is a precious journey. How I choose to respond to life creates energy, freedom and space for more love.
With Diana's expertise and knowledge she is able to travel with others in territory that we haven't explored ourselves. It's that exploration of our own inner life that enables us to form an empathetic bridge to others, which is evident in the space she holds for us at the Ocean Shala.
I began practicing at Pacific Ashtanga in 2009 at my friend Holly's suggestion. It was, and has continued to be a source of spiritual grounding and perspective as well as a path toward physical wellness for me. Yoga has been a part of our kids' lives too. They began Yoga for Kids at Pacific Ashtanga years ago and now, as middle and high schoolers they join us for conference and the occasional led class in order to continue to provide them with spiritual guidance, positive affirmations and life lessons. My practice helps me be a better person personally and professionally. It reminds me, as a mother and wife to be calm and present and live with gratitude.
As a holistic veterinarian the yogic principle of ahimsa is meaningful to me as I recommend therapies and treatments to my animal patients. In our marriage, our yoga practice helps remind David and me of the love and dedication that makes us whole. This keeps us grounded and loving as a couple. We also enjoy taking our practice with us when we travel, experiencing Ashtanga yoga around the country.
My Ashtanga journey began with a Sunday evening intro class in 2011. I attended the class at Jackie's suggestion, as she could see that I was struggling with my physical and spiritual existence. That first intro class with Diana immediately resonated with me. Since those initial intro classes with Diana and Peter my practice has evolved to mostly Mysore, often early mornings with only the sound of the ocean and Merry's lovely chanting in our beautiful Shala.
Ashtanga has been transformative in many ways for me. Initially there was an obvious physical change, with looser fitting clothes and increased stamina. Gradually a more spiritual and psychological transformation has emerged. One of the most significant benefits that I see on a daily basis is how the practice teaches me exist in the present moment, and to accept and love everything for what it is as opposed to what I want it to be. This has enabled me to be a better father and husband. It has also benefited my career as a veterinary oncologist as I'm able to be more compassionate and caring towards my clients and patients.
We are so grateful for Diana and our Sangha
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Yoga Practitioner – 28 years
Dedicated Ashtangi – 5 years
How I use Yoga in Life
Diana's teachings, combined with my personal Yoga practice, have given me numerous tools over the years, however, two main principles stand out that have allowed me to keep moving forward with a positive outlook in my life. Those two key concepts, namely, Clarity and Impermanence, have taken me to the next level in recent months.
Studying this semester's featured book at the Shala, "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, I was inspired to finish a manuscript I have been working on with my mother for the past 30 years. After her passing last year, I knew it was up to me to complete and publish the work - no more excuses.
It is the true story of my grandmother, Augustina, coming to America in search of a better life, and her fearlessness and tenacity to keep on going, no matter what. And although the story is about my grandmother, it is really the story about each one of us. Augustina: A Novel based on a True Story
My yoga practice gave me the discipline to set aside 2-3 hours each evening over the past several months to finish this work. I replaced television and other non-essentials that took up my evening time, with sitting down at my Mac and writing, writing, writing, then editing, editing, editing, until the final touches were put in place.
As Diana often makes reference to, our Yoga practice permeates every area of our life – it is not isolated from our behavior outside the Shala. I am encouraged each time I finish my practice, to continue being present in my breath, in my mindset, and in my focus as I move through the rest of my day. Clarity gives me the ability to see what I need to accomplish that particular day, and Impermanence makes me realize that if I do not act today, who knows if I will have the chance to get it done tomorrow?
At work, with my family, with my friends, and with strangers, I continually find a correlation - to a tee - with Diana's teachings and my life outside the Shala. I apply the concepts of Clarity and Impermanence, taken from Sunday Conference, to my role as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, and as a colleague to become the best version of myself, and trust that all those around me will benefit as well from the principles I share by example.