Waking up every morning with the sun glistening and sparkling off the surface of the water reminds me of the inner light we have inside of us.
Hundreds of years ago Mother Ganga known as the Ganges River was pure and clean. You could drink the water right out of your hands. This water was healing, purifying and cleansing so much the British would fill their ships with containers of this water.
A local gentleman in Varanasi a/ka Banaras said the indian people had an ideology that Mother Ganga is their life force. She provides protection, purifies, cleanses away your sins, and facilitates liberation. Moksha is liberation from the cycle of life and death.
This sacred river was given a lot of love and attention in honor of the blessings Mother Ganga bestowed upon the people who lived on the banks of the river and for those who traveled to experience her power.
The respect and love the people had for Mother Ganga dared no Hindu to lie or be deceitful in their intention. Their sacred practices and rituals insured they would reach the heavenly abode.
Today the Ganga river is one of the most polluted rivers. He told me the British saw the happiness and peace amongst the people and wanted to break the sacred ideology of the Hindus by polluting the river. This has not stopped the Hindu’s from practicing their sacred rituals and bathing in it
Although this may be true about the British’s intent, four hundred million people live near the banks who contribute to the pollution. Ninety percent of the pollution is fecal matter. If you grow up on the Ganga you are more immune to the bacterias and are more adapted to handle the water borne diseases.
Born a westerner, reading and hearing how sacred and cleansing Mother Ganga is led me in 2016 to experience her power. This experience landed me in the hospital with a severe respiratory infection with the threat of TB which test proved negative. I had received a blessing from Mother Ganga knowing it could have been deadly for me.
I count my blessings to return to India to study yoga and indian classical music.
Every year many pilgrims travel to participate in these ancient sacred practices and come to Varanasi to die, especially widows. I have witnessed the burning of bodies wrapped and adorned with beautiful colored fabric and flowers. These ceremonies take place at the river ghats and the ashes are given to family and cast into the river. This experience is very auspicious, humbling and yet feels purifying to your soul.
I respect these people for their disciplines and spiritual rituals. You can see and feel the pure light in these people despite the hardships and challenges they face. They seem truly happy and at peace.
When the divine light within me becomes dim I remember how it is up to me to rekindle that light of divine peace and happiness. We are that cycle of birth, sustenance and dissolution. We have the Mother Ganga in us to cleanse, purify and heal.
If you believe America is a place for the free and home of the brave try living in India. These people are truly free and very brave souls filled with love, peace and happiness.
With love, Lynn
I have been SO amazed at the strength, balance, and flexibility I have gained through yoga training with Lynn!!! Never a flexible child, I got even stiffer with years of wearing high heels, but, with time and practice I recently did a BACKBEND- yes, really!! Yoga is truly a journey, and I can hardly wait to see where it take me next! Practicing yoga for 2 years, age 50 ish.
My testimonial: Impressive knowledge of applied anatomy, Lynn has been instrumental in helping me rehab after several injuries. Her yoga classes are intense physical workouts mixed with an upbeat Anusara philosophy that brings calmness into my day and the improvement in body and mind keeps me coming back to class.
I knew Lynn Geddes Wolling about 20 years ago when she was an aerobics instructor. Last fall, it was my good luck to attend an Anusara yoga class taught by Lynn and a whole new world opened up to me. I’ve been coming back ever since. Lynn’s passion for teaching, energizing, and empowering her yoga students is unparalleled. Through her, a whole new world has opened to me. It is a world that allows me to expand my physical and spiritual boundaries, to become grounded and centered, to bond with other students in the class, and to continue on an exciting journey. Thanks to Lynn and her enthusiastic teaching skills, I am increasing my physical strength and practicing yoga poses that I never thought would be possible. This is a thrilling adventure!
When I started with Lynn I was out of shape and lacking flexibility, but Lynn’s enthusiasm, excellent instruction and the warm atmosphere of the classes helped me to keep on through the challenges. And I always felt great, especially after the class was completed! That was probably three years ago, now I’m a regular at Lynn’s group classes and have an individual session with Lynn once a week. I’m 47 and was starting to feel some twinges in the joints, I’d complained to my doctor about some hip pain, but through my regular yoga practice my hip pain and joint twinges are now gone. I’m still no athlete, nor at my ideal weight, but I am stronger and feel much better because of my regular yoga practice. I’d like to particularly recommend individual sessions with Lynn. Each session, designed to meet my needs, deepens my practice. I’ve learned how to approach familiar poses given the quirks and particular challenges of my body, making my practice easier, safer and more effective. I’ve also learned new poses and modifications to add to my home practice. The whole experience, but particularly the one-on-one sessions, was a confidence-builder. Lynn is an excellent instructor and coach: knowledgeable, creative and encouraging. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Lynn Geddes Wolling is a Master Teacher!! She truly TEACHES yoga, not just lead a class. She explains the mechanisms of the body systems as she demonstrates a pose and breaks down each pose into doable parts to guide your experience at your personal fitness level! I am so thankful to have found her ! Regardless of your experience with yoga ( I had NONE!), she inspires each student to strive for their personal best!
Beautiful Lynn, Practicing with, and learning from you was a high point for me in Savannah. It feels great to be in the Northeast again. I know that “wherever I go, there you are,” but, in all my travels, there have always been some places that I just feel resonant with and others I don’t. This one I do. The awakening of Savannah did not feel like an endeavor I could get my heart behind, but I see you doing it, with much wisdom and without ego. All blessings to you!