Octavia Nasr's yoga practice began twelve years ago and has been evolving since. Her dedication is expressed through a daily sadhana that includes asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. She considers yoga to be a gift of peace and non-harming that has nurtured her when she was consumed by a high profile job, and through every thick and thin to date.
First Yoga Class
“Come with me, the first class is free.”
That's how Nadeer lured me into yoga. I'm not sure if it was the “free” class or the “yoga,” which I've always revered in principle, or Nadeer's creative energy that enticed me to go. All I know is that I went; and it was in the basement of a yoga teacher's tiny studio that I had a brush with pure consciousness for the first time in my life.
Thoughts On Life - March 2010 - Rishikesh, India
Three weeks with yourself can drive you nuts.. Thoughts from all periods of your existence keep popping up. How this happened.. Why it happened and could this have been prevented? I miss this person, can’t stand that one and where the heck is such and such? How sweet is this memory.. and that memory.. I wish I can relive it over and again! Oh the pain I felt when that happened.. No wonder this person gives me the creeps, he must be a reincarnation of the awful “neighborhood fool”.. Where did that come from? I never thought I’ll remember it so vividly..
How Love Happens - March 2, 2010 - Rishikesh, India
It isn't a secret that I love to love and be loved. I think Love is the most noble of the human emotions and the most complex. Why we love, how we fall in love, why is it that some of us love the idea of being in love and are willing to go through much suffering for its sake, remain mysteries to me. But, let's just say that I am someone who appreciates love and cherishes it. I'm loyal to the blissful feeling that accompanies it and wouldn't mind living it over and over again with the people already in my life and new ones I have yet to meet along the path.
I am home.. Hare Om - February 26, 2010 - Rishikesh, India
So wonderful to be back at the ashram and find all the wonderful faces happy to see me just as I am to see them. Their warm hugs and genuine smiles are heartwarming and infectious.
India is Calling - February 2010 - Rishikesh, India
There is something about India that's hard to explain in words. It's a feeling, a passion.. A fire within.. Sometimes it's a breeze or a wave gently caressing me from inside. Cleansing my spirit with love and compassion.. India to me is joy and peace.
Maha Kumbh Mela 2010 - February 2010 - Rishikesh, India
When I planned my trip to India, little did I know that I'd be here in the most auspicious of times according to Hindu tradition. I must say, you can feel this celestial energy, a blessed feeling of sorts, an overwhelming sense of peace and possibilities.