** Turkey Day Yoga Class **
Join me @ studiorincon.com on Thursday November 22, 9:30-10:45
Purpose & Aparigraha
November 16, 2018
Class last week had the theme of purpose and aparigraha. Aparigraha is a sanskrit word from the 8 limbs of yoga. It’s from the yamas and niyamas, which are values and habits that are the backdrop/philosophy behind the yoga practice. Aparigraha is a yama that means non-greed, non-grasping, non-clinging. Through the energy of non-grasping, we sought our unique purpose for the day. The asana practice included poses with resolve.
Students deepened their breath while I read a few words about aparigraha: Yoga is about creating space in the body and mind. When we do a posture, we strive to find our edge, stop a moment, and use the breath to determine if we can go further or if “where we are” is enough for today. When we detach from the messages of our bodies, such as pain, and continue to push forth, we are no longer expanding, but rather contracting and suffering. We are practicing greed. If our intention is to create space, an openness to Grace, then we lessen our needs and wants for things to fill us up. We are in a state of abundance and we are practicing aparigraha.
What is the key
To untie the knot of your mind's suffering?
Is the esoteric secret
To slay the crazed one whom each of us
And who can ruin
Our heart's and eye's exquisite tender
Hafiz has found
Two emerald words that
That I now cling to as I would sacred
Tresses of my Beloved's
My dear, always act great.
What is the key
To untie the knot of the mind's suffering?
Benevolent thought, sound