When we approach our Yoga practice like we do everything else, we become more of who we already are. I think the world has had enough of us all doing that.
Some have literally reported that in all the “Vinyasa” classes they had taken previously, the pace was so frantic that they hardly had time to take a breath.
Just back from our annual Fall retreat. Many thanks to those who could join us. Sprit Fire is amazing. Not an austere event by any means! in between focused classes and workshops we feasted on gourmet vegetarian food, Much of it organically grown on site. Yes, there's coffee in the morning, and decadent snacks in between classes. It was a joy to teach, we had a great group.
Yogis asks us to examine our beliefs often, and hold our truths lightly, cause they change as we learn more about ourselves and our world. The further I walk along this path, the less I need to know.
Jnanna Yoga is the pursuit of knowledge. However it can be a trap. When we approach our Yoga studies like we approach the rest of our modern lives we can come to 'collect' Yoga knowledge. We stuff ourselves with the facts and figures and leave no room for clear understanding. Our culture is about more. Yoga is about less.
When we chant Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu it means May *All* Beings Be Free of Suffering. We vow to do our best. Got fruit flies? Here's the solution. Here's a pic of my nifty fruit fly catch and release system:
Sidestepping our normal patterns tells ourselves at many levels that we are open to change, really, and that we are making room for it.
John Philp was kind enough to send me a copy of his documentary Yoga, INC. to review for you all. John's film addresses the sideshow that our national Yoga scene has become, Yoga (asana) competitions, lawsuits, franchises, infideliity and sexual misconduct. Here's a short clip:
In our culture, Kirtan has come to mean songs of devotion called out in Sanskrit by a leader, and responded to in chorus, along with some instruments. You hear some of these songs in Yoga class. The voices unite, and you feel really good after You can come, 'hide' in the chorus until you find your range, and join in.... Everyone can sing kirtan.
Studies have shown that happiness is contagious. By choosing to be happy, you are helping others to be happy.