The mind is in every cell of the body, yoga instructor Madan Bali tells me. We are sitting cross-legged on the floor of his spacious downtown studio. His voice is low and soft, but carries in the spartan room.
He compares the body—the complete body, which includes the mind—with supercomputers and suggests we are binary beings.
“A thought creates a molecule, like turning base metal into gold. It’s alchemy. It’s structured. It’s math,” Bali says.
“At conception, there is no body. Just information. In a dark little chamber develops a computer that has the ability to take care of everything. Our ancestors evolved to this. And yoga helps you get in touch with this intelligence.”
He believes that fear, worry and frustration also start at conception: “Show me a mother who’s not fearful.” We have the power to “turn poison into nectar. That’s healing medicine.”
Our systems have become so congested with toxins, our blood stream is being constricted. He calls it the “brain drain,” repeating that each thought creates a molecule—that molecule will be as healthy or unhealthy as the thought it gestated in.
“They say: ‘And suddenly I got a cancer.’ It wasn’t sudden. … We have become human doings, not human beings.”
He teaches people to tap into a consciousness he believes will aid the body toward renewal through the power of intention.
“How can it renew itself? It has the ability, the mathematical precision.”
While trillions of dollars are being spent on discovering more about illnesses, he worries that not enough study is centred on wellness.
Bali, who is a Vedanta scholar and has a doctorate in complimentary medicine, is collaborating with Montreal scientists on Alzheimer’s research. He also believes that yoga, which he says helps tap into the body’s natural pharmacy, should become part of Quebec’s medicare program, saying prevention will “help keep people from rotting in hospital corridors.”
He stresses again that yoga is not an exercise program. “People are working out. They’re working their butts off. And they’re happy. But for how long?” It’s there inside us, in the silence and within our consciousness, he says, relating that when he was young he would hear older people complain of aches and pains. “I said: ‘I hope I don’t let that happen to my body.’ And I haven’t.”
He is 88 and he says he hasn’t missed a day of work in more than 40 years.
Madan Bali’s studio, Yoga Bliss, is at 3545 Côte des Neiges, Suite 90. 514-944-7971. Visit the website for details and pricing for private and group classes, teacher training and more. During February, the studio will hold an open house every Wednesday at Sunday at 7pm.