“We are committed to contributing individuals' growth and happiness, thereby fulfilling our intention to support Yoga's continued evolution, as well as, the betterment of life throughout the world”, Para Yoga master Rod Stryker’s mission statement.
Before the yoga trend hit the big time in middle America, it still maintained a sense of humility, wholesomeness and purity. Before it became big business, with star-power teachers blasting their philosophies in the glitzy magazines of the mainstream consciousness, before hollywood endorsements, and celeb-reality took over, it was a safe haven to go deep inside. Everything Zen was back and eastern influences were prevalent in all forms, from design to spas, hotels and resorts were getting on board. Visiting a health spa, detoxing from the chemically saturated outside world that has become poisonous to many and living the yoga lifestyle was the way, Feng Shui! Everyone was doing IT. Whatever It was, It was In. Going inside, Getting It, was already introduced by Werner Erhard in the seventies with EST.** Yoga took It out of the mind and into the heart, soul body and breath, and Western culture became more open and in touch with the ancient teachings while evolving into the spiritual aspects of the raison d’etre.
In the process of awakening to the truth, I was drawn to the profound beauty of the poses, the feeling of whole body awareness, and in touch with my powerful intentions of personal growth and the desire to ‘be the change” you want to see in the world. My affair with yoga became my primary practice in the world, it was my sanctuary and pathway to inner consciousness and awareness. I discovered the essence of the life force inside of me and am now “addicted” to getting in touch with it daily, breath by breath, moment by moment, year after year.
In Lynne McTaggert’s brilliant book, her discovery of, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, is thoroughly explored. “Science has recently begun to prove what ancient myth and religion have always espoused: “There may be such a thing as a life force.”
Lynne McTaggart, “indefatigable investigative journalist, reveals a radical new biological paradigm -- that on our most fundamental level, the human mind and body are not distinct and separate from their environment but a packet of pulsating power constantly interacting with this vast energy sea.” Amazon.com
My affair/addiction (Yin/Yang) with Yoga is my path to experiencing the life force within us all.
**"est", short for Erhard Seminars Training, also Latin for "It is," offered intensive communications and self-empowerment workshops.:384 Their purpose was "to transform one's ability to experience living so that the situations one had been trying to change or had been putting up with, clear up just in the process of life itself."