You know you are hooked on yoga when you’re driving down the highway sitting well with straight spine, turning off the Sirius XM Grateful Dead satellite radio, and singing the guru mantra in Sanskrit:

guru Brahma guru Vishnu guru devo Maheshwara

guru sakshat param Brahma tasmai shri gurave namah

Here’s the translation I learned:

From Guru Stotram, “Our creation is that guru. The duration of our lives is that guru. Our trials, illnesses, and calamities is that guru. There is a guru that is nearby, and a guru that is beyond the beyond. I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me, and surrounds me at all times.

Peace be with you.



eka pada urdhva dhanurasana

Jim has a background in dance, music, martial arts, and Jivamukti yoga, and came to yoga not long after recovering from a skiing accident in 2010 that resulted in wheelchair and other equipment needed to walk for the next two years. He started yoga with gentle classes on a weekly basis for a year prior to migrating into advanced classes, and developing a daily practice whether at home or in a studio. He started teaching free yoga in his home to senior citizens in his neighborhood. He completed teacher training at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, started, and began teaching yoga in 2015. Jim is currently enrolled in advanced teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.
Contact Information:
Jim Ray, RYT 200

om bolo shri sat guru bhagavan ki jai – Here’s to all the teachers.

Here’s to all the teachers including yours and mine. They come in many forms.

“When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.”

I can’t say whether Buddha made that statement or even spoke English yet found blog post on origin:

Written by Dr. Bob Butera – This Yogic saying holds a key universal truth about learning.

I can say that within this past year, my studies in yoga produced the most transformation within me than any other thing in life to date. Why? Because I found the right teachers including the one within each of us. Love and compassion for all. God bless all creation.

om bolo shri sat guru bhagavan ki jai

ॐ बोलो श्री सत गुरु भगवान की जै

To my teacher within, the only teacher of truth… Victory!

eka pada urdhva dhanurasana



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Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

Symbol Meaning

After starting my yoga practice, I became intrigued with the chakras and the meaning of the symbols. For example, the 7th chakra uses the Om symbol as shown below (all credits for images go to respective sources).


Another image of the 7th chakra contains additional symbols that from my very limited research represent petals of the lotus flower and consonants in Sanskrit language.


There is a variation in the symbol regarding Element 4 in the following diagram that further explains the meaning of the symbols. The first image contains a diamond shape. The second image contains a circular shape.


Now, focus for a moment on the 4th chakra. Below are 3 images each of which contains a variation.




That third image of the 4th chakra looks the best to me. If I were to modify that image by replacing the circle with a diamond, would the meaning change? I found the following chart this morning on Sanskrit consonance.


The innermost symbol matches “ya” consonant and would then have a diamond instead of a circle on the image I create. What would be your interpretation of that resultant image?



PS I turned off comments because of spammers yet would appreciate any wisdom via private email: jim at neuse dot net