Louisa Noelle suffered from Asthma, and needed to use an inhaler frequently. Since taking up yoga she has found that her Asthma has vanished and she has not used her inhaler for over eight years. Another surprise that yoga has bought about is that her flat feet is gone. She now finds that she has an arch in her foot, and this has bought about huge changes in her balance, gait, and posture for the positive. But even more than all this Louisa finds that Yoga has allowed her to be calm and centered. She describes herself as the “floor of the ocean” that remains steady no matter what is happening on the surface.
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Kino MacGregor took to yoga when she found that it healed her strained achilles tendons. But then she found that yoga healed much more than the body. She found that yoga heals the mind too by getting us out of our “conditional pattern of thinking”.
When 22 year old Kino asked her Guru and renowned yoga teacher, Pattabhi Jois, how do I find peace? He did not blow away her query. Instead he replied, “Peace is found if you combine in your practice postures, breath, and drishti (or focussed gazing) and you do this practice for many years then peace will eventually dawn.”
When our mind-body calms down and becomes peaceful our healing is complete. Not only do we discover health, but we find an up swelling of joy and love in our lives.
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"Miracle Man" Morris E. Goodman
Morris E. Goodman was an aimless unmotivated college dropout. Then one day he happened to visit a bookstore and he picked up the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. This book changed his life. He joined MET life and soon became their number 1 agent. Within 10 years he was running his own company as a self-made millionaire. Morris Goodman was the poster boy of the idea that you could grow rich simply by changing the way you think and “attracting success” to yourself.
But Morris was soon to face a bigger challenge. On March 10, 1981 he took his Cessna out for a leisurely flight around Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly his engine died and as he took his plane back down for an emergency landing, the landing gear got caught in wires and the plane crashed.
Morris woke up in the hospital completely immobilized. His neck was broken in two places, his diaphragm was destroyed, his voice box crushed, his kidneys, bladder, and liver were non-functioning. All he could do was stare at the ceiling above and blink. He was attached to a ventilator as he was unable to breathe on his own. Doctors said that as long as he lived he would remain in this vegetative state attached to the ventilator.
Could Morris use the “Power of thought” to heal himself? Morris firmly believed so. He imagined himself walking out unaided of the hospital. He refused to entertain thoughts of become permanently vegetative. Continue reading
Practice: Change is the story of how one woman’s idea to bring yoga to some of the biggest slums in the world caught on like wildfire and is transforming lives and communities. It centers around the personal transformation of Margaret, a runaway child bride from the slums, who found salvation through yoga and is now a teacher herself.
The video is an Emmy Winner: 2012 New England Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Documentary”. It is produced by: Anthem Multimedia, Dina Rudick, and Dylan Trivette
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This is an amazing story. Dr. John Kitchin was a successful neurologist. However, he felt as if his life was a rat race – trapped in a routine that didn’t make him happy. There was emptiness inside. Dr. Kitchin abandoned his career and all of his trappings of material success, including a Ferrari, an exotic animal farm and a huge mansion high in the hills. Now, he skates all day, every day, in slow motion, at Pacific Beach. People know him as SLOMO.
This story has been billed as a story of escape, of “doing what your inner child wants”. Really? SLOMO has been at it for sixteen years. Would you want to rollerblade for sixteen years? The answer is in the video itself. If you hear SLOMO carefully, he says that he is meditating. This is not unlike the Sufi whirling dervishes who meditate while experiencing angular momentum of whirling.
The story of SLOMO is not a story of selfishness or escape. It is a story of a person who gave up all and found a way to commune with his deeper Stillness.
“Once we see the light –
then there will be no satisfaction
till we experience a kind of divinity”
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