BRISTOL YOGIS I'm back with NEW! offerings this week and wow wee, how I have missed you!
I invite you to Come out to play...
"Mistaking the body/mind for your true identity is the main obstacle to freedom" - Jivamukti.
I really like this little documentary by this unique musician, because it's about discovering identity and acceptance, alongside out actions and the fruits they bear, how we are who we are. I ask you, why, as you, do you do what you do?
THIS week I OFFER A NEW CLASS TO BRISTOL... Wednesday AM 10:00 - 11:30 at YOGASARA, Picton Street.
I guess, my music is my Yoga and I write this blog to present to the world the things that I think about and feel passionate about and it's an opportunity to share the deep wisdom that I have found beneficial for the past 18 years. And why do I teach Yoga? Because I love to share it in person, to make connections to my community and mostly, I love to offer something back to this earth in reality and so long as you come and I am still breathing, i'll be there with you.
So come, learn, experience together.
As Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita (as handwritten by me above)... be the creator of your own life and make this promise to yourself! Whatever that is for you.
In Yoga, the word asana (postures) means 'seat', by taking this seat you establish a 'connection to the earth'. 'Earth' is meaning all things and manifestations of reality. This should be steady 'sthira' and joyful 'sukha'. This allows us to then play with our prana 'life force' and use asana as a method for learning to direct prana and create unity with the divine self - your true identity.
How we treat all things has a bearing on our own experience of life. When we feel our connections, we become confident, serene and peaceful. The most direct way to affect positive change in this lifetime, I believe, is through selfless action and awareness of your actions, being kind to the earth, all things, never taking more than you give back.
Asana practice clears the subtle pathways through which prana flows. When we become aware of prana, we become aware of our expansive potential and how we are not limited to one static unchanging form. We can look at Surya Namaskar for this as an example of moving through a sequence of asana. As we put ourselves in various shapes, we have the opportunity to experience the dynamic force of prana that animates all form. Our breath is the thing that makes this conscious and by also setting an intention for our practice, gives relevance to this action and determines the end result of the sequence of our actions.
Experiencing the vitality of life in all forms of life.
Through a single pointed intention our whole self becomes free from fluctuation, this is known as a Vinyasa Krama 'linked process'. When we establish a conscious intention, the process unfolds as it should. The breath becomes a metaphor for the intention and the link, when using the breath in a conscious way. Inhaling and exhaling with intention. In yoga, we are moving from matter in to spirit. This requires cultivating awareness. We awaken! We become liberated.
Liberation is obtained through a clear intention. Make the choice to answer the questions above and find your way back home to yourself, be kind and compassionate and create a harmonious attitude around you and to the world we all share.
"Wrapped inside a cocoon made of flesh and bone, doesn't really matter where you come from, we are home. " - Aurora
So we may take our seat in our own lives and acknowledge that who we are and what we do presently, holds the key to our happiness and wellbeing and we may chant the Guru Mantra to acknowledge this...
Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction or transformation). There is a guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (param Brahma). I make my offering (tasmai) to the beautiful (shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (Guru) it is to you I bow and lay down my life (namah).
"Only if we can let go of our self-cherishing, our pride, our need to be recognized and our yearning to be given credit for the things we do, can we ever hope to encounter the guru, that which brings enlightenment to our soul."
See you in class to link, connect and create vitality in you.
TUESDAY PM 19:30-21:00 Matter Wholefoods
NEW CLASS! WEDNESDAY AM 10:00 - 11:30 Yogasara.