Hali has been immersed in the world of yoga since she was a little girl of barely 5 years old, but it was not until her adolescent years that she really began to understand the impact it had on her life. This realization would mark the beginning of a life long study of all aspects of the yoga tradition from the physical to the 'metaphysical'.
She learned 'hatha yoga' and meditation, as well as Sanskrit, yoga history and scripture, which would ultimately culminate in her life's calling to guide others on their own personal yoga journeys - both as practitioners and as yoga teachers. During her studies, she encountered the practice of bhakti yoga, which offers the yogi the teachings on how to transform their lives by opening their heart to the fulness of love.
FREE HEART WARMERS
YOGA PHILOSOPHY INTRO:
Join Yoga Philosophy master teacher Hali Schwartz in an introductory journey through the ancient yogic wisdoms encapsulated in The Upanishads. This free 25 minute discussion is a snapshot of Hali's larger course offerings. To continue the exploration, please visit: www.yogahali.com
Will this new vision, that we are in the beginnings of, set us free?
Free from what?
Hali dives deep into the questions in her latest article.
When the five senses are stilled, when the mind
Is stilled, when the intellect is stilled,
That is called the highest state by the wise.
They say yoga is this complete stillness
In which one enters the unitive state,
Never to become separate again.
YOGA PHILOSOPHY COMES TO LIFE: RADICAL KNOWLEDGE
YOGA PHILOSOPHY COMES TO LIFE: STILLNESS & UNITY
THE IMPULSE TO SEEK:
The Origin of Yogic Scripture & Themes from the Upanishads
"Of the many things that human beings share in common, one is that in some form or another, we are all seekers. Of course, each of us seeks different things and searches in different ways and this is part of what makes our characters’ distinct from one another. Still, no matter how different we are on the level of character, culture or personality, everyone one of us has this impulse to seek, which in turn initiates the long and often arduous process towards finding.
In this process, one thing is certain: once I know what I am looking for, the journey begins in earnest. If I were to trace the arc of this journey from its first moment all the way to its final one, I would see that it starts with a question and culminates-- in a kind of new beginning— with an answer.
It all starts with and because of a question, for if a human being had no question, the impulse to seek would simply not be there. Yet we know from direct experience that this is not the case. We have only to use our own lives as an example to know that questioning and seeking is implanted into the very nature of what it is to be alive. As soon as we are born, it begins, as soon as we wake up in the morning, it begins...
No matter from what species we are, a newborn hardly out of the mother’s womb, has an innate seeking for nourishment and contact. And, as we get older and our ego-sense develops, we wake up each morning with this ego-identity firmly fixed in place after a night of sleeping has suspended it for a time. It is in this waking state that we are immediately thrown into the field of time and space, name and form and where we will be constantly thinking about something and acting for some intended result. Thus, we also enter the field of cause and effect......."