stillpoint yoga

yoga meditation and philosophy with Lynn Fraser
in the Himalayan Tradition of H.H. Sri Swami Rama


Himalayan Tradition

Swami Rama

What Is Yoga?




Off The Mat

Daily Practice



Off the Mat – taking yoga philosophy into daily life

This is the heart of the practice. It is amazing that a 5,000 year old philosophy can be so very relevant to modern life. There are several key concepts that can help us both on our spiritual journey and to be more skillful in our daily life.

Unlike most North Americans who discover yoga through hatha yoga (postures), I started with meditation.  I began in 1993 in Beginning Meditation.  It took me the first year just to learn how to relax my shoulders but I felt the changes in my life immediately.  About a month after my first class, I was in a challenging situation at work.  My teacher’s voice popped into my mind, reminding me to breathe.  Two deep diaphragmatic breaths gave me the space to think and I was able to act and postpone a crucial meeting until the next day.  It was the beginning of freedom for me and I was hooked. 

Yoga has given me the tools, knowledge and inspiration to transform every part of my life. Through working with the four primitive desires and how they combine with the six negative emotions, I’ve begun to understand myself emotionally.  Using observation, self-witnessing and self-dialogue, I began to be known to myself.  The teaching returns us again and again to the importance of ahimsa (non-violence) in working with ourselves and of not judging ourselves.  Ahimsa combined with satya – honesty.   When we judge ourselves, we aren’t able to be honest about where we need to work. 

As I developed a core of peace inside, I no longer felt compelled to spend my energy trying to manipulate external situations and people in order to feel valid and safe.  Allowing others to be themselves is so much easier than trying to control everything!  In this process, I discovered a faith that I will be okay no matter what happens.  I may not like the way something unfolds or it may be painful, but I can use anything life offers to further my own spiritual growth.

The yamas and niyamas (restraints and observances) offer a way to work with myself and further my understanding as I observe myself doing that. I didn’t have trouble with the theory of karma and reincarnation; it made sense the first time I heard it when I was 16.  Our actions have effects.  We aren’t just helpless victims of fate and chance. 

Hatha yoga has brought me joy in my body and an opportunity to build awareness and self acceptance.  I learn mindfulness as I work with my body as well as the ability to bring my attention inside. 

My relationships with other people have improved as I slowly develop more compassion and equilibrium.  I don’t let things slide as much out of denial and fear of facing the truth.  I have many ways to keep calm and focused in disturbing situations including the old stand by of deep diaphragmatic breathing.

Working with yoga has been a way for me to grow up and take responsibility for myself. 


Befriending Ourselves



Courage and Truthfulness


Internal Dialogue

Karma and Reincarnation

Lovingkindness maitri

Nature of Mind

Personal Philosophy of Life



Sacred texts – Upanishads




Sleep well

Slowing down


Teachings of Swami Rama
as compiled by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

Three Gunas rajas, tamas and sattva

Vairagya and abhyasatwin wings of the soul


Weighty Matters

Yamas and Niyamas

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali


Accept that the only person you can change is yourself.  That’s enough to transform your whole life and all your relationships.


Ask yourself – could this problem be solved by increased awareness? This helps us develop independence and be able to address situations in our own body and life. The body is a reflection of our mind.” Swami Veda Bharati.