....Ganesha... The uninitiated may ask him to for small things like parking spaces, an easy commute, or for him to remove their worldly problems. If you ask for small things, that may be all you'll get.
We surely don't have to subscribe to Hindu beliefs to practice Yoga, but we can use these myths and stories to enrich our practice.
"Waiting with me were a couple of chain-smoking, real-deal hells angels, they in their 'uniforms' and me in mine." Click to see the whole story:
Every few thousand years, a good book comes along. Patanjali, often called the father of classical yoga was the first known person to gather the knowledge of Yoga and write it down, penning the Yoga Sutras. See this list of must-have translations, and a video of Krishnamacharya practicing at 50 years old in 1938.
Tapas is most often the doing part of Yoga, that bit of extra effort that makes us stronger... but for someone who tends to overdo, Tapas could mean doing less, say, resting in a child's pose for a few breaths. Be sure to see the attached photo.
Have you ever wondered why so many of the Yoga postures are named for things found in the natural world? We have cows and cats, Camels and Crescent Moons. Notice there is no Angry Motorist, Stressed Out Mom, or Corporate Bigwig posture...
Who do we think we are, who do we think they are?
Invariably the question: "Why 108?" comes up. There are many opinions about Why 108, but here I'll mention a few that people tend to agree upon.
When we boldly and honestly embrace the whole of ourselves, only then can change begin.
I almost not surprised anymore when I get just what I need, just when I need it.