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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.