Jeremy completed his yoga teacher training in April of 2015. After graduating, he looked at himself after 6 months, then a year, and as he kept going back further and further he could see how much he had changed. He could see how far he had come to get to that point of understanding in his life. One of the lessons he takes from his training is that the power of knowledge and awareness is the difference between being happy and unhappy. Jeremy’s goal is to help each of his students understand this power, help them achieve it, and watch them reap the benefits.
Jeremy’s practice began in 2013, while he was seeking therapy for mood swings, depression, and anxiety. He took practice seriously and devoted at least one hour, 4-5 days a week to Asana practice. After just weeks of practice, He began to feel more physically and mentally balanced. Prior to teaching, there were nay up and a lot of downs. In training, Jeremy learned that the physical practice is the least important of all 8 limbs of yoga, and the answer to finding happiness is to quiet the mind, open the heart and connect with the breath.
Sama Citta means equal or balanced mind. Jeremy uses this phrase because it describes the ultimate goal of yoga and what we all strive so hard for. In the west, yoga is generally viewed as physical or asana practice designed for flexible and athletic people. For those who have never practiced yoga before, and are just beginning your journey, yoga is much more than a physical practice. It is designed for the human body and mind. In the practice of yoga we work mostly with the breath, our vital energy or “Prana”, to achieve a meditative state of mind. We train breath for many reasons. For healing purposes including insomnia, restoring muscles, promoting good digestion, reducing stress and anxiety, promoting healthy blood circulation and more. We also train the breath so we can cope under extreme stress. Any person of any age and body type can practice yoga today!
The phrase Sama citta came to mind while Jeremy was reading the second sutra of Patanjali. The sutra “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah” means yoga IS the control of the thought waves of the mind. Where else can you hear a phrase such as this? “If the doors of the perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is; infinite.” This quote by William Blake is what brought Jeremy’s favorite band together. It gave them a purpose and it Jeremy one as well. These two quotes have the same meaning but have a different way of describing it. “It” in this case, being nirvana or samadhi. The practice of yoga is the path towards “it” and when our minds become completely balanced we will become free and able to obtain true freedom.