Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Practice stilling the mind today

I know lots of folks will be posting about the marathon today.  I hope that with every interpretation,  we all remember that we are a strong nation.  It takes times like this to realize that we are all just HUMAN.  Did you know that?  No matter what you believe,  you and I are still just human.  Love your neighbor. Love yourself.  Be full of love and light today.  This is how we can support those in need after something like this.  With love.  I may sound naive,  but I do not care. 

Here is a little portion of Light on the Yoga Sutras from BKS Iyengar.   Read it.  Think on it.  Practice.  Remember reacting leads to bigger reactions.  Just be patient,  wait, and be still and thoughtful of your words and actions.

"The journey from Yama to Pratyahara, described in sadhana pada, ends in the sea of tranquility,  which has no ripples.  If citta is the sea, its movements (vrttis) are the ripples. Body, mind and consciousness are in communion with the soul;  they are now free from attachments and aversions, memories of place and time.  The impurities of body and mind are cleansed, the dawning light of wisdom vanquishes ignorance, innocence replaces arrogance and pride, and the seeker becomes the seer."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sutra 1.12

I have been thinking of what to blog about next.  I have a feeling I may have covered this already,  but let's do this one again.

Abyasa is practice.  Viragya is nonattachment.  Vrtti are the fluctuations of the mind, Citta. 

Now that we know this here is a sutra:

Sutra 1.12 abhyasa-vairagyabhyam tan-nirodhah
-The vrtti states of mind are still by practice and dispassion.
(Edwin F. Bryant-his translation of the Yoga Sutras)

What does this mean to you? It means you are in control of what you think, say, and do.  If you decide that today you will practice at home. While moving towards your mat, you look around and think, "Oh!  That needs to cleaner, better, newer," or even,"Oh! I could really go for some cookies instead of practice." These are the vrttis. This is the mind not knowing what it wants.  Swimming between two decisions.

I will tell you I also struggle with those decisions. Over the last couple years the decision has gotten easier.  I know now how I feel after I practice.  After a long practice and after all my inversions, I am always amazed at the state of my mind. It becomes calm, I become clear, not even thinking of what I needed to do before.  All of those little pieces of paper that float around in my life haunting me in every direction seem to disappear.    Decisions come so easily after practice.  Especially after a practice where I had no expectations. 

Need a little calming of your own vrttis?  Here is a sequence you can do to help.  Be sure to stay in each pose for about 5-7 breaths. 

Adho Mukha Virasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Trikonasana-Vira I-Vira II-Parsvakonasana-Ardha Chandrasana (do these in a Vinyasa)
Prasarita padottanasana
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Salamba Sarvangasana
Vipariti Karani

After you get done,  notice the feeling of resistance has disappeared.....it is truly magical:-)