From the Founder
I feel the strongest connection to my spirt (atman) when there is a deep sense of peace and stillness (shanti) in my heart. When anger, stress, worry, judgement and fear are present I become disconnected from tranquility, joy and my inner truth.
I’ve found the breath to be the most powerful tool for creating and maintaining inner peace. Focusing on slow deep breathing washes away thoughts and generates a deep sense of equanimity in my whole being. Another profound tool for inviting tranquility is the mantra, “om shanti, shanti, shanti.” When chanted (silently or aloud), this shanti patha mantra invokes peace in the heart, mind and all around you. The more you practice shifting from agitation to inner tranquility the easier this practice becomes, and the longer you can remain centered, focused, connected, grounded and present.
I always end my yoga classes with my translation of “om shanti, shanti, shanti”: “May you find peace within your heart, may you carry this peace with you throughout your day, and may this peace spread from you to others, to the whole world.”