|This is what should be done
By those who are skilled in goodness,
And who know the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not Proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: in gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born-
May all beings be at ease!
|Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upward to the skies,
And downward to the depths;
Outward and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down,
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision.
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world. (metta sutta)
Anna is deeply devoted to her meditation and yoga practice and to helping others along the path. Growing up in India, she watched her father meditate and did sun salutations barefoot. Her studies in yoga and meditation started with Indian Master Kamal Srinivas (one of 8 living Indian masters) in 2001 that included, pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and ayurveda (the sister science of yoga). Specialised training in the US includes Duke University’s Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga (which combines Western medicine with Eastern wisdom) and Yin Yoga certification with Jo Phee, assistant to Yin Yoga founders Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. Anna has 700+ hours of teacher training and 3000+ hours of teaching experience. Meditation training includes MBSR with IMCW and the Year of Living Mindfully under Jonathan Foust. Currently pursuing Kripalu Center’s advanced yoga training and 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Anna leads yoga and meditation classes in the DC area and is grateful for the sacred duty of sitting with people in their final days as a compassionate companion. She is a mentor with IMCW and facilitates a Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friendship group) and a weekly TeleSangha meditation. She also organizes and leads yoga/meditation and cultural retreats to India. She cherish the 3 beings in her life: Will, Sachita and Sudhir.