EMBRACING YOUR TRUE ESSENCE

EMBRACING YOUR TRUE ESSENCE….

Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself, why am I here? We are all here for an individual need, a divine purpose. For the past decade I have grown with all of you. We are connected through Bikram Yoga. It is through the yoga we have become more empowered. We are a community of practitioners.

As yoga practitioners we are more open to life’s evolution. We are receptive to the universal possibilities of oneness. We as a community must maintain the thought of moving forward on our own personal journey. We cannot look at any individual and allow them to determine what and who we are. We must dig inside of ourselves and find our true purpose and help one another when we can.

Let us recognize the gift we have within our yoga community. We are blessed to have people from all over the world who practice. We can learn so much from each other. Let us share our journeys and as we learn that we are all connected we will begin to realize, we are truly all the same at the core of our essence. As practitioners we should work at keeping our community strong and united, acknowledging our differences and embracing our alikeness.

Some of us come to yoga from very stressful situations, others come to find a deeper harmony within their lives. Whatever the reason that draws us to yoga, we should embrace it, go within our practice and find that peaceful place. The place where we are so open that we will know, we will grasp the true meaning of our lives.

No matter if you are seeking Love, Happiness, God or your Guru, remember we are all of one life. We are all made in the image and likeness of God and we all have a purpose. Allow yourself to know yours. Live it, breath it, be it. Let us live life with no judgement. TO BE CONTINUED….

With Infinite love.

Rajashree

Competitive Yoga

Beloved Community

I come to you with an open heart of gratitude and peace. As some of you know I have just returned from presiding over the International Yoga competition in Italy. It was a gratifying experience once again to be around all the wonderful yogis. To witness the power of yoga and to be reminded of what it can do for our lives, was truly inspirational. I congratulate the champions knowing they will be an example for those who approach this discipline.

I can recall as a child my mother insisted I practice yoga for health reasons. I was young and was not that interested. As I continued to practice I felt better and I also became very good at the art of yoga. After many years of practicing I realized it was special to me, but as a teenager I was very competitive. It wasn’t until I understood I could compete, that I really embraced my practice. I value the importance of yoga and how it makes us better individuals. But I also recognize that it can be a competitive sport without changing what it is in our lives.  I believe it is a good thing to show your strength as yogis in all ways. I want those who have practiced and who have excelled in the art of yoga to be able to compete, should they choose to do so. Just as other exercises are accepted in competition, I believe yogis should receive recognition for their excellence.  This in my opinion does not dilute or change the purity of yoga. We must understand that competing does not change the mastery. I have competed and it did not make it any less important for me. Accepting and encouraging competition in yoga will get more young athletes engaged and they will experience firsthand how yoga can change their lives.  Don’t we all agree if more people practiced yoga the world would be a calmer place?

Now that I have returned to the United States, and once again am beginning to focus on my life purpose, I am excited about all the amazing opportunities I am embarking on for my journey. Right now I am preparing for the Women’s Retreat in Costa Rica. This retreat will allow women to heal and grow spiritually as well as physically.  Because of the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica, we will let go and grow with our mind, bodies, and souls.  I am walking on the path of growth and love and I hope that you will all continue on your life’s purpose and remain in the mindset of true yogis. Our world needs compassion, understanding and kindness right now. Let us share our gifts of love and light.  Remember to always EMBRACE YOUR TRUE ESSENCE.

Namaste’

Rajashree

Message to my Community

Beloved Community

It is with great humility that I write this note letting you know that I am continuing on my journey of growth. I appreciate all the unconditional support I have received from you over the past couple of months. It has truly been a rock and gift to me from the Universe. As we continue to walk this path of life, please know that I love and appreciate you for understanding that we are all growing together and for you allowing me to be who I am, a woman evolving and getting stronger every day. And although these days are challenging, I am preparing myself for the next chapter. I am certain we will all come together in love and light. Let us move forward with grace in our hearts and believing in the breath of life that is yoga.

Namaste.

Rajashree

2nd International Day of Yoga

Dear Yoga Practitioners and Teachers,

Last year, India’s honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, declared June 21st as the first International Day of Yoga. During his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, he stated:

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.

I encourage you to celebrate the second International Yoga Day this June 21st. Please see the official protocol here. I would love to hear all about your event and especially would love to receive pictures and videos! I look forward to hearing from you all.

Love and peace,

Rajashree

On my Birthday

Beloved Community,

On the Anniversary of my birth I want to send you all a greeting of Love and Blessings.  I am working to move on with my life in the midst of challenges. However, I want you all to know that I believe in the yoga and all of its benefits. Remember, I too must grow. As I move forward with the next chapter of my life, I hope that you will keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am still here and still practicing what I believe.  Thank you all for the well wishes and support over the years. And I do hope you will continue to practice and believe in the breath and meditation of life that is Yoga.
Namaste
Raj

Blog: Mind over Madness

Welcome-For the past 13 years, yogis from all over the world have converged on Times Square in New York City and 2015 is no exception. This year has extra magic: the United Nations has pronounced it an "International Day of Yoga" with events happening worldwide. In Times Square, the celebration begins at 9:00 am and ends at 9:30 p.m.  Why the Summer Solstice? Since almost the very beginning of mankind, the longest day of the year symbolizes the light of spiritual consciousness and the path to attaining that light. It has been a deeply spiritual day since the Druids, ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Essenes and Romans. In modern lives, it may seem like just another day, but it is a time of great spirituality and light. Let's gather to practice together in a celebration of peace and life.

Please join me, Donna and Jennifer and thousands of others at 2:00 p.m.

The event details are :

SOLSTICE IN TIMES SQUARE: ATHLETA MIND OVER MADNESS

Sunday, June 21, 2015,

2:00 - 3:30 pm with Rajashree Choudhury, Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo

~Rajashree~