Essays on Yoga philosophy and practice for Michelle Marlahan’s Yoga School.
The whole thing makes me appreciate that far from needing to be limited by a rigid external boundary, we have the capacity to be beautifully supple and expansive in our breathing and energetic exchange with the creation.
I came away from the whole thing with two thoughts: One, a great sense of relief that I’m not aspiring to teach hatha yoga in a yoga studio class setting, and two, a new found respect for the amount of study and work it takes to not only do the practice but to be able to describe it with precision and guide others through it with clarity and ease.
And those things that appall you, that seem evil or just really get your goat…
A rhythm developed of cycling through the dissolution into light dream, images flowing up from the depths unbidden, then awareness reemerging, and observing the flow of the mindstream – thoughts, internal sensations, external sensory impressions, all arising, then passing away – until again awareness dissolved back into the dreaming state.
Catherine’s presentation on Restorative Yoga helped to clarify that this intentional calming and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system needs to be a central part of my personal practice.
How intimate and comfortable and kind are you with your own body and its needs and wants?
How aware of sexuality are you in your life and practice? Is it something you consciously direct or not?
It occurred to me that the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets is incredibly important on the spiritual path.
To be truly capable of setting and maintaining good boundaries, we have to know who we are and where our center lies.
I understood in a flash that the practice of asana is an expression of love, of extending awareness and attention deeper and deeper into every portion of the body – both those parts of which we are fond, and the ones which have been asleep, frozen or neglected.