It's not an accident that our postures are named for things the ancients noticed in their natural world. We 'do' the tree pose to awaken the qualities of tree in ourselves. Strength and suppleness, our ability to reach high, from a very grounded place... Our ability to selflessly provide food and shelter for others.
What's your least favorite Yoga posture, What's your pet peeve?, Who irritates you the most? These are gold nuggets of opportunity. They are your teacher, they are your Guru Sakshat. If you slow down, and allow them to
Whatever it takes to get us to the mat... The busier life gets, the more important Yoga becomes, and while crib notes may work for politicians, there are better ways to get your Om on. Sri Brahmananda Saraswati would say "Practice 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, how hard is that?" When a reluctant student said "I don't have 10 minutes in the morning!" he replied "oh, then you need an hour!" 1. Make it a priority. Remember how good you feel after your Yoga. Plant the seeds for a daily practice. 2. Mark the classes you plan to attend on your calendar. Go ahead, turn ahead to next month and write those classes in too! 3. Some people like to have a Yoga buddy. Take turns driving to class, and now they're counting on you. 4. Technology can help, Nowadays it's very-easy to send yourself a class reminder. Set it once and it will remind you every week. Check out one of the many free email and text message reminder services and Apps available on the web. 5. If you can't make the time for a full practice, 10-15 minutes of Yoga can really help keep the peace. [...]
The teachings are clear, and very simple. We tend to become what we do all the time. Wether that is good news or bad, depends on how we practice, how much are we really present for?
When our heart truly opens, we don't choose the direction it takes us. In honor of Valentines Day, I wanted to share this story of a special couple.
Angela, One of our fellow students is currently preparing a study on Yoga and Art, how Yoga practice can expand creativity and expression. I'd love for some our very-own artists and Yoga students to participate! let me know if you'd like to hear more about her vision. Here's an example of living Yoga:
I almost not surprised anymore when I get just what I need, just when I need it.
My mind's thresholds of what is possible have been completely blown away, and the limits have not settled yet, will they ever? But, I still have my center, and it's a nice place to begin again.
Through challenging our consumptive ways, we gain clearer perspective on our needs vs. wants. Our needs are mostly simple. It's our unchecked wants that get us into trouble, setting ourselves up for Duhka, or suffering. Was it needs or wants that crashed the economy?
I'm taking rest in Chennai, after visiting the southern peninsula of Rameshwar, and the temple towns of Thanjavur, Chidambaram, Trichy, and Arunachala. I was able to visit the ashram of Ramana Maharishi, who's teachings of reverence for all life, even the simple blade of grass, I resonate with.