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October 17, 2013

Why is yoga a spiritual practice and not just exercise?

Yoga was developed thousands of years ago. The ancients wanted to know why we are here and while we are here, how can we be happy? What they came up with back in the time of the oldest teachings, the Rig Veda, was that we are inherently happy. That is why we strive for happiness all the time.

But through years (or lifetimes?) we have developed patterns, physical and mental attitudes, that block our way.

The sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda come from these teachings and explain how if we are balanced, find out our own unique attributes and live in such a way that we are healthy, then we find the fountain of youth: physical health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual health. The path of self-knowledge IS the removal of suffering, and we can reach liberation (moksha).

The problem begins with the body. If we have any malady, that’s all we can focus on. “Ouch! I stubbed my big toe.” Now all I can think about is that physical pain. Any injury or illness can become all-consuming. We focus everything around it and even learn to identify with our illnesses.

The more focus something has, the more energy it has. It can grow this way.

The practice of yoga is to optimize physical health so that we can find liberation. We need to remove the obstructive patterns. We need to develop a relationship to our bodies for maximum health. Our patterns will then become apparent and we can do something about them.

Yoga is not a religion. It enhances our religions and our relationship to ourselves.

See you in class.


Blowing in the Wind

October 4, 2013
They say that this weekend we will be blowing again.
In Yoga and Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) we say that the wind is Vata. Wind is good, it keeps things blowing or moving around. It keeps us dancing, talking, questioning.
But when we get too much wind – we get spacey. The wind can make us ungrounded, unfocused and depressed. If we cannot concentrate – we cannot get anything done. Getting things done gives us a sense of self and accomplishment.
In today’s world everything is Vata! There are planes, trains, cars, cell phones and Twitter! Everything is moving too fast. Not to mention that as we age, well, we get a little drier in the skin and bones department. So while we want to keep moving, we need nurturing and grounding. We want to learn the secrets of living longer and feeling whole.
Your yoga practice can make a HUGE difference. A focus on the elements can bring greater balance.
For example, the elements that balance wind would be Earth and Water. So bringing in the earth element can stabilize and ground you. The water element can hydrate and nourish you. A flow-y water like practice can counter that fast-paced wind but keep you moving and happy. Forward folds are a great way to bring in earth. Balancing with your gaze fixed on a spot on the floor can help too. What we want is calm and steady. So we flow a little and then stabilize. Easy right?
The idea is not to get rid of what we cannot change – the wind, but to balance and support what we can change – ourselves.
See you in class.
Namasté, René

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