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?
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.
I have seen places here so beautiful it brings tears to your eyes, I've seen places so bleak it bring tears to your eyes. Sometimes we cannot recognize the beauty until we've experiences the dark. It's like that with empathy. To really know empathy, you've got to have suffered. In India, the opposites are extreme, and right in your face. There's a Sutra I was going to quote, but the power just went out and this battery will go along with it very soon, but you get the drift. If we want the rainbow, we've got to ride through the rain. As Yogis, we see our challenges as teachings, as preparation, as the needed opposite. Right now, if it's good or bad for you, don't worry, it will change. try to Find the beauty in it all. Siometimes hard.... but the practice is in the trying.
Words could never do these places justice. after an all-night harrowing drivefrom Amritsar, Haridwar is stunning to sleepless eyes. Against my doctors orders, a wade into the Ganges is refreshing and grounding. I wander the streets trying to buy a bottle of water, alas not a single shop will accept my 1,000 rupee note. I'm so wealthy that I'm actually quite poor and thirsty. That's probably a good metaphor to stop at.
Smoothing out, and honoring the transitions between postures tells ourselves at many levels, that in-between is a valid state, a way to be. We don't have to know everything. We don't have to do everything. Flowing into postures can helps us get to where things seem to fit.