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Sometimes you need to lose your mind to find your heart

November 6, 2014 by Margarita Ngoh 

I suffered a breakdown seven years ago. I was working as a trader and the stress got to me. It still hurts to this day. I look for ways to get better and heal wholeheartedly. My search brought me to the Shambhavi Mahamudra programme offered by yogi and mystic Sadhguru and the Isha Foundation this past weekend. There's an online course that's completed before participation in the weekend programme that was in West Kensington. Shambhavi means Shambhu which is another name for Shiva, the name of the god of destruction and Mahamudra literally means "great seal". It is generally referred to as an initiation, the Shambahavi Mahamudra process. It is an ancient yogic process that is shrouded in mystery. The build up to experience it was enormous. But it didn't let down nor disappoint and it was incredible. I got there early on the first day. We learned some preparatory asanas from a trained teacher and listened to Sadhguru via taped segments. I was somewhat disappointed to learn that Sadhguru himself wasn't going to attend during the programme. That being said, it was still incredible. On the second day we were there from 8AM to 8:30PM. We reviewed our preparatory asanas and then we were given a light breakfast. We listened to the trained teacher from Sadhguru's foundation speak. We went over some of the teachings of Sadhguru that were covered in the online course. This can be summarized in three main points:

1. our responsibility to respond is limitless

2. this moment is inevitable

3. your life is 100% your own doing

I went through the initiation with about 20 other yoga students, then we had a 10 course vegan meal. The ideas presented were high impact and life changing. The manner of presentation invoked inward reflection. Overall, it was exactly what I was looking for at this time where I continue my journey to wellbeing and staying well balanced. The cost of the programme was £95. Margarita Ngoh is a London-based yoga instructor. www.restlessSpirit.co.uk. Funky-sexy-backbend