East Meets West Yoga Center

Evening with Panditji

There is a certain electricity when likeminded people gather; the energy, the excitement, the low hum of friends greeting each other for the first time or the hundredth, and hugs outnumber handshakes. Community. Our community at East Meets West Yoga buzzed with this electricity on October 16th while we sat in anticipation of the arrival of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, a modern day master and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. Our eagerness to hear this master speak about the modern day relevance of the first chapter of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra was tangible and most of those in attendance already clasped copies of his new translation.

Pandit Tigunait carried his unassuming entrance with a smile and an opening chant that made this author’s palms pulse with energy. He is not intimidating in stature or voice, yet this enthralling speaker is in command of his students, and the only eye that wanders is mine to see if everyone is as spellbound as I–they are. An infectious enthusiasm begins with his first word and never wavers throughout a 90 minute talk. There are no breaks, no sips of water, no rests on a chair. Every moment is connected in the present moment, which passes in a blink of an eye.
Now I won’t go and spoil all the profound comments and witty examples–there should be some surprises if you are lucky enough to hear him speak in person–but I will share a few golden nuggets.

  1.  “Be grateful for everything, but never settle when the best is in you.” How do you find the best that is in you? You find this through the teachings of the Yoga Sutras.
  2. “Each of us is an island of excellence.” Start with yourself, how lucky to be who you are, to use constructive power to create, and to have the capacity to overcome and change situations. Be in awe of our own intelligence.
  3. Harness your own power; you don’t need to climb Mt. Everest to find great knowledge.
  4. Not everything can be outsourced; we’ve been outsourcing enlightenment for too long. You have to try it out yourself, make a commitment and put it into action.
  5. Often working on the external is not as big a risk as examining our internal cliffs. What was profound in Pandit Tigunait’s message–at least to this community member–is that if we do the work, the surest bet is on ourselves.

East Meets West Yoga Center, Vienna’s premier yoga studio, provides a safe, tranquil, and supportive environment for students to open to the possibilities of what could be. We are a community of knowledgeable, dedicated yoga teachers that celebrate each individual’s uniqueness and encourage students to discover their potential. We know one type of yoga doe not fit all and we honor the differences and similarities through a variety of yoga styles including, Hatha, Vinyasa, Fusion (blend of yoga + pilates), Gentle, Yoga Nidra, Prenatal, and Kids/Tweens classes.

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