When you come to Om Prem Yoga, I want you to feel at home. You are not our guest!!! You are an important member of our community and together we co-create a community to foster connecting us to our higher levels of consciousness in support of transforming our lives and the fulfilment of our own life’s purpose, people around us, our community, and ultimately the world.
I feel privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to serve the community I have lived in and love for more than a decade. If the community values and supports us and we can be of service to our community I’m fully committed to serve every single one of our members.
Regardless of where Om Prem Yoga is in 10 years (or other studios for that matter) please remember that you will never become a “Yoga Orphan”! There cannot be such a thing as a “yoga orphan”! As Sri Aurobindo eloquently says “all life is Yoga”. I believe yoga is an internal experience you go through to connect to your higher Being through increasing the awareness of your physical body; in other words it’s the experience when you mindfully align your mind, body, and heart. When you go to a multi-purpose room with many other people doing some physical movements and some resemble traditional asana (postures) moves you are not doing yoga regardless of the name of that program you’ve signed up for. If however, you experience a form of meditation/centering, discussion about applied philosophies of yoga, and nutrition and lifestyle, as well as some asana movements, then that’s yoga. You still need to mindfully align your mind, body, and heart to connect to your Being in order to experience yoga.
May you experience the deepest level of connection to your true Being in this life time.
Om & Prem, Atta
I study Purna Yoga so that I may, with ever-deepening truth and accuracy, answer the question, “Why am I here?” I teach Purna Yoga to offer to others some effective techniques to explore and answer this same inquiry should they so choose.
For me, “Why am I here?” is the first question, the last question, and all the questions in between. Every other question in some way arises out of this elemental inquiry and is a subset of it. Logically, if I want to live my soul’s mission (my dharma) from day-to-day and minute-to-minute, I must be in close and constant contact with my soul. The deeper my connection to my soul, the more clearly I hear and feel its guidance. The greater my surrender to this voice, the more integrated my soul becomes in my existence, and the more I live my purpose.
These are not concepts unique to Purna Yoga. What is unique, in my experience, is the simplicity, clarity, and effectiveness of the techniques taught and used to contact the soul, to surrender to it, and to follow its guidance. I study and teach Purna Yoga because it works. Since I began using Purna Yoga techniques, the uncertainty of my practice has evaporated; I no longer wonder what to do, how to do it, or why I am doing it. My practice and my energies are focused on evolving into the embodiment of my true purpose – into living my dharma. Everything else seems, to me, secondary.
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Since a lot of people asked us in and around the time of our open house about the meaning of “Om” and “Prem” we wanted to share a brief on those with everyone:
OM is the eternal, OM is all this universe. OM is the syllable of assent. Saying “OM, let us hear,” the sages begin the recitation. OM moves the cosmic vital force (prana). Every vibration in the body and in the universe emerges from OM, sustains in OM, and returns to OM. Every humming emerges from OM, sustains in OM and returns to OM. To an aching person, OM cures. To a poet, it brings inspiration. To the philosopher, it brings realization. OM is the consent of being for the Consciousness/Divine to enter into him. OM is the expression of the seekers of Truth.
The Divine is Prem (Love). The Divine expressed OM. Therefore, it is the love expression of the Divine. So, OM has come from Prem, who is the Divine. Love and its expressions are identical, so Prem and OM are One and the same. Namaste.
Welcome to Om Prem Yoga website! We’ll use this space to blog about our experiences teaching yoga in Lower Mainland and around the world and how yoga has changed our lives. Occasionally we’ll also have one or our Certified Professional Integral Coaches to talk about their experiences coaching their clients using Integral Coaching ™ method.