"Perennial joy or passing pleasure?
This is the choice one is to make always.
The wise recognise these two, but not
The ignorant. The first welcome what leads
To abiding joy, though painful at the time.
The latter run, goaded by their senses,
After what seems immediate pleasure.
The first leads one to Self-realisation:
The second makes one more and more
estranged from his real Self."
Katha Upanishad 2.2-2.4
translated by Eknath Easwaran.
After 18 years of practicing yoga, once again I feel the need to begin again. It's wonderful! feeling the deep pain from choices we make to the abundant joy, yoga is within and transforming in every moment. Yoga is a system that supports us in our lives through all its shifts, twists and turns and offers us the practice to practice. That's right, to practice. We are never at the end, yet always bringing the practice to life through our own life experiences, as we use it therapeutically. When we use yoga and a practice of life.
Why do you come to yoga?
Ask yourself, how did you originally find yoga, why did you continue to practice or why do you not practice???
Yoga is a way of both describing a state of purified perception and the practices that are associated with attaining this clear way of seeing. There is an intimate link between the two, the effort to attain the understanding and the imminence of realising that which is already present within us, says Donna Farhi.
Are you someone that 'thinks' about yoga as a way of life, are you one that is 'practicing' yoga or are you one that through practice has become 'steady' in their wisdom through consistant practice???
Patanjali tells us how attaining this clear way of seeing takes a lifetime and to ask ourselves if this practice feels like a 'life sentence' or what better way to spend the rest of our lives?
We can observe how we spend the rest of our lives, engaging in activities that often cause suffering to ourselves or others in subtle ways. It's all energy. So when we redirect this energy in to our practice of yoga, in a directed way, towards peacefulness and a movement that brings pleasure in a very different way. Of course we have our passions that bring love and joy and yet, yoga exists as we know both on and off the mat, so how we treat people, the decisions that we make, the choices we have, it's all yoga.
Simply, this week, we will explore how when we practice yoga with every breath and attempt to focus the mind, the goal of yoga is already realised! wherever you are, whatever the answers were to the questions above, you may rest in knowing that once we begin again, coming back to the practice is immediate.
Finally Seeing and to be 'seen' however we are, is the hardest part, for all its beauty and all its shadows. So lets begin again together.
See you in class or on the mat in your own practice has you bring this thought in to your 'practice' this week.
TUES PM 19:30-21:00 Matter wholefoods, BS5
WED AM 10:00-11:30 Yogasara, BS6
THURS LUNCHTIME 12:30-1:45 Yogasara, BS6 (this week only) Book through Flying monkey yoga if on move gb.