By Shaura Hall
Pilamaya means ‘thank you’ in the language of the Lakota people; who are part of the Native American Sioux tribe. My experience with the indigenous people of North America has been pivotal in my development from asleep to awakening human.
From the native people I have learned about the meaning of sacrifice on many levels. They have taught me about the necessity to be humble in my life.
‘The people’ have reminded me of the importance of honouring my elders. They, and others in my life, have made me aware of the damage that arises when one group of people controls, manipulates and steals from another. But they have also shown me the joy that comes with viewing the earth and all of her creatures as my family.
The most powerful thing that my people have taught me is about the immense power of gratitude; through being thankful for every breath that I breathe and every drop of water that passes my lips I have found contentment.
B E G I N N I N G – T O – W A L K – T H E – P A T H
My ceremonial family suggested that upon my return to the UK, I search for a spiritual path; I had a dream that steered me to my first yoga teacher Hari Har Ji Kaur of the Kundalini tradition. Under her guidance I began to walk the path back to my heart. Teaching Kundalini Yoga has been a privilege and yet I wanted to explore how other yoga traditions see the world so that I could reach as many people as possible. The “learning boat” has taken me to many different traditions and I have absorbed what I can from my respected teachers.
My life completely changed when I took the Yoga Therapy training with the Minded Institute in 2011; my teacher Heather Mason introduced me to neuroscience. As a result of her training and my newfound passion for our physiological system I signed up for a BSc hons in the health sciences.
Bursting with enthusiasm for this information and enough years under my belt to write a yoga teacher training course, I began to consider what I wanted to share with those who also wish to walk this way and how they can develop their hearts through the power of yoga.
When it came to naming the training I wanted to honour my spiritual roots and so with the permission of my spiritual mother, Theresa Takencareof , and our elders, and so the Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training was born.
T H E – P I L A M A Y A – W A Y
Pilamaya Yoga develops teachers who understand that every heart they touch will affect the generations to come, as well as those that have already been. In the very first part of the training, I invite Pilamaya Yoga students to sing a prayer that gives thanks; the Pilamaya song.
Gratitude is bound within the philosophy and energy of all our teaching.
This is how our Pilamaya Way began.
Our new series of blogs, “the Pilamaya Way”, will share heartfelt explorations of the components of the Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training; along with the personal aspirations Shaura has for the students who wish to walk this path with us.