Hello Yogis, as promised below is a summary of the Yoga Sutra we studied last term.
If you are joining the class next term for the first time I may have asked you to take a look at this.
Just to give you a little back ground, Patanjali, many, many years ago, brought together and systemized the many strands of yoga which were around at the time. He (she, they?) condensed them into aphorisms, which collectively are know as Patanjali Yoga Stutra.
Below, on the left you can see is one the 29th aphorism from the second chapter of this work (hence Y.S 11.29) which are the eight limbs of yoga.
Last term we looked at the first Limb, Yama (Y.S 11.30) which I have broken down with a very simple translation. Last term we dissected this a little more deeply.
Next term we will be looking at the next limb of yoga, Niyama. As well as practicing asana (the movement element of a yoga practice) and Pranayama (the breathing practices).
See you next term
Over this year I will be bringing to you some of the concepts from Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.
This incredible work forms the framework on which I practice and teach.
I am grateful to my teachers, the Krishnamacharya lineage and honour Patañjali for having brought these teachings to me and in turn to share with you.
5/29/2020 0 Comments
Well I'm sad to say I am still not well enough to teach a class. But I am getting there! This is some post viral weirdness as elusive to pin down as it is present in its presentations.
It has been a tough journey where I have had to use every tool in my Kete (basket of knowledge) to return to a sense of balance. The dvandavas (life's extremes) have been pulling me this way and that and it has been a yoga practice to find my way back to my center.
Asmita (ego/identity) has been the most over active Klesa (patterns which we need in life but can become over active and be one of the causes of suffering). With abhinivesa (deep fear which can be attached to survival) coming in a close second!
• How could this have happened to me when I am so healthy?
• I am not stressed my life is fabulous, forgetting in that moment I came to yoga to help me deal with a stress trait!
• I can't stop.. I've got a family who need me, overseas folk in the grips of Covid 19 need me, students who need teaching, the people I support need me & my support team need me.
• This is going to last for ever and never end!
Well that's a whole lot of identities to let go of for a while coupled with a great deal of futurising, believe me the resistance was off the scale.
But here I am, sometimes still champing at the bit to get that life back, but mostly now I have surrendered to what is and this is the only place in which I can heal.
I dont have a time frame. Although I do have an idea of how I'd like to progress but I'm not quite at that point.
The venues I teach from have been marvelous. Holding my slots for a while, but of course not indefinitely.
Keep up your practice, there is so much to be learned from repetition. When I receive a personal practice from my teacher, it can be easily be 6 months of daily practice before I find the real juice from it.
The breath is a gift, as always it is a 'go to' in any situation. The best use for me in this situation has been extending my exhale; when in the grips of my mind telling me all sorts of negative stories this has helped me access my parasympathetic nervous system (rest and repair) and find my way home to my heart.
Miss you 😊
Sanskrit terms used in the practice on 14/4/20
Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali
Yoga Sūtra Chapter 2 Sutra 46
Sthira Sukham Asanam
Sthira - Steadiness, awareness, stable, firm
Sukham - ease, comfort, pleasure (Frans Moors, liberating Isolation 2012)
Yoga with Elise.