Having previously had a career in the financial sector and as an estate agent in central London, I have rebalanced my life and now teach yoga after graduating with The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre.
I look back to my first steps on the path to yoga in the 1990's, I had just
joined a health club in the City of London and, shortly thereafter, for no particular reason other than curiosity, I decided to join a yoga
class. It was some years later when I recalled looking back to those first small steps
and to my yoga teacher saying that she thought I had become
"still". It was only some time afterwards when I realised the significance of what she was saying. She meant that my mind had become quiet in a polite way of course! Later, I
understood that the reason why yoga is practiced is to reach a state of
total relaxation of the mind and body in order to meditate and, ultimately, be at one with the divine. I suppose my yoga teacher probably
could see that I was coming to class with the baggage of the day which probably manifested itself with unsteady balancing poses and fidgeting when sitting cross legged in class. This
insight has made me aware of how our busy lives today affect our minds and bodies, making
them also busy and the practice I teach encompasses pranayama (breathing) and a few minutes of meditation in addition to the traditional asanas, providing a comprehensive experience of Hatha Yoga.
Thanks for visiting Yoga Chap and I look forward to seeing you in class.
The divine light in me honours the divine light in you.
Om shanti, Neil
Tel: 07810 090 061
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Neil Cheney (Yoga Chap)
A young yogi ventured into the Himalayas to seek out one of the greatest gurus in order to learn the secret of life and happiness. After an arduous journey, overcoming many hazards, he finally reaches the high mountain pass where the great old man, dressed in a white robe with long flowing grey hair, sits in lotus position, staring peacefully into space. The young yogi sits down next to the guru and assumes a similar pose, waiting for his words of wisdom. An hour goes by, then several hours, then a day, then several days passed. Finally, the young yogi asks the old man, "What happens next?". The guru answers, "Nothing happens next, this is it!".
Meaning of life is: Every moment of life is precious and magical. We experience this not by striving to be happy, but by focusing, in a relaxed way, on the present moment. Most unhappiness comes from regrets about the past or worries about the future, both of which are greatly diminished by gently focusing on the present moment.