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I Remember

Who are the OM people and can you be one too?

Actually, you already are an OM person...YOU HAVE JUST FORGOTTEN. In fact, we all forget. This practice and our experiences living in this world are all about helping us to remember…

In the Yoga community, we like to debate what is ‘real’ Yoga, perhaps because we want to share the practice in a way that honours this ancient tradition or perhaps wanting to validate our own path through this practice. In truth Yoga has always been an evolving practice. From its Vedic, shamanic roots to the rise of the Sannyasin (renunciate) who retreated into the forest to explore the internal experience; internalising the spiritual practice, all the way through to the most modern styles we know in the west today.

Yoga has never been one thing. It has evolved over time with the people who have practiced it. This may be a good thing, as the practice has been shaped into a style that suits what we ‘want’ it has made it less intimidating and through popularising Yoga millions of people have flocked to modern styles of Yoga to benefit from it.

However, as we have contorted the practice, choosing some techniques and discarding others, often to suit what our ego and desires want to achieve. In the process we may have diluted the practice to an extent that we have diluted its potency.

Anybody who has cared to explore Yoga to its roots will know that the origins of Yoga are not grounded in physical postures. Yoga is a practice of understanding the mind and the breath. If we learn to breathe we become masters of the mind and our experience in this life is radically empowered.

Through this practice of self-discipline and self-awareness we meet many moments of discomfort. We learn to breathe through challenges, boredom and distraction. With practice our ability to focus develops so that the vrittis (fluctuations) in the mind no longer pull us out of the moment we are in. The more our attention rests in the present the more our awareness of everything in this moment begins to expand. We start to experience the subtlest parts of who we are. The sensations in the body, the breath, the thoughts, emotions and intuition. This moments is truly limitless if we can only learn to be here to experience it.

Over time the Yogi gets to see all the transient patterns within them. All the desires, aversions, all the joy and the sorrow, all the thoughts that come and go and underneath it all, something unchanging, a place from which we observe all these experiences as though we watch them from a distance.

THIS IS WHEN WE START TO REMEMBER…

Each time the mind softens and we sink into the core of our being we experience a deep contentment there. A peace and joy that is not conditional. A place within us that feels like truth and trust all at once. We start to remember that this is who we are. We cannot be the transient experiences of like and dislike. We cannot find happiness because in fact it is our natural state.

When the first Yogis ventured into the forest to explore their internal environments they experienced this truth and this internal space resonated with the sound of OM.

This internal journey back to the sound of OM, the vibration of our inner stillness, our true nature is our birthright.

But to access this place we need to practice. And a practice that focuses on a process that allows us to de-excite the mind and access our subtle body will help us sustain this way of being. As the world around us pulls us from our center causing us to forget who we are we can come back each day to remember. And so, we become established in being and we being to embody this sate of consciousness. We are joy rather than seeking joy. We now share this way of being with the world around us. Our frequency shifts and our energy is palpable. We pulse with the sound of OM.

It is in this way that we remember that we are the OM People. We always have been. And the world needs us to remember this more than ever.

 

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The OM People - Josh Blau (From Blues to Bhakti)

My name is Josh and I am one of the co-founders of OM People Yoga. 

OM People started as a desire to bring people together who have a common belief around Yoga meaning connection; connection to our inner world and to each other. 

Modern Yoga offers so many different styles and ideas. How do we know what to believe in? How do we know what to practice? Ultimately it comes down to your unique experience. What and how does the practice make you feel?

On my journey I have gone through ups and downs in my practice. At times I was filled with passion and some times, lack of inspiration, burn out and even injury. What I have realised is that ultimately it is all Yoga. If it is done with truth and integrity then it is all Yoga; every style offers us an opportunity to connect. Every style that inspires someone to practice is of value. 

After 9 years of intensive Asana practice a few years of breath work and finally 2 years of dedicated meditation practice what I've gained is an insight into myself and an experience of consciousness.  Consciousness is deeper than our brain can analyse, fainter than our eyes can see and softer than our ears can hear. Occasionally if we’re lucky we get to feel it, maybe in Savasana, maybe in a meditation, but mostly we are distracted by external stimuli and internal noise. My path has become infused with passion for helping students experience their own consciousness.

I have a long history with playing and studying Music. Bhakti Yoga (Devotion chanting) has opened my heart and in this practcie i have found a fusion of music and practice. I have discovered that when I place my attention on consciousness and surrender into it completely it reciprocates back. When I spend time repeating the Mantra, chanting, I find effortless moments of softness. 

The love and devotion of Bhakti is one of the areas that I am most excited to share with the OM People, particularly on our Teacher Trainings.

When we lose ourselves in chanting we let go of our limited ideas around who we think we are and surrender into the bliss that is our birthright to discover. 

 

With Love,

Josh 

 

@josh_blau_yoga

facebook.com/JoshBlauYoga

www.joshblauyoga.com

 

 

Credentials:

Co-founder - OM People Yoga

ERYT Yoga Teacher

TVI Actors Studio

16th Street Actors Studio 

Peter Sardi School of Acting

Advanced diploma in events management

Yoga Training - 200hr Black Dog Yoga, 300hr Dharma Yoga, 100 hr The Yin Space