This week we drew on inspiration from Ganesha. Ganesha is a mythical creature from the Hindu pantheon. He is a boy with an elephant head. He is considered the remover of obstacles on your path. He is found at beginnings and thresholds. He is associated with the muladhara chakra, or root chakra, that houses the low spine, legs and feet. The muladhara chakra also relates to a sense of security, trust, groundedness, safety, belonging and home. When we have fear, worry, stress, it tends to drain energy out of us. When we are grounded and secure, we are more likely to retain positive, good energy.
There is lots of rich lore and symbolism around Ganesha. If you are interested, I encourage you to read more :) But this week, we simply focused on Ganesha’s big, soft elephant ears. Letting them remind us to pause, listen, be patient & start relying on our inner voice as our guide. That’s the power behind yoga and meditation: to help us start to orient from the inner space of our hearts.
This week’s practice of refreshing twists are like the twisting, turning nature of the elephant’s trunk …. and the sudden, surprising and unexpected twists and turns our own lives can take. So the practice is one of sensitivity, attuning, listening before reacting so you can come closer to what matters most to you.
Students felt their breath. They listened and softened. Sometimes they closed their eyes to help brighten their ears. Twists throughout, humble warriors, deep balancing twists, partner squat, deeply strengthening prone backbends. Weaved throughout an energy of allowing ourselves to become sensitive to the moment so we can live a really great life in this way. Namaste, Lynn