We’re reviewing the classical paths of yoga. Having explored hatha yoga and raja yoga, we’re moving on to karma yoga. This is the yoga of selfless service or action. Two karma yogis to consider would be Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
We’ll begin our practice with Dridha Kriya. This is a great way to re-align the spine – home performed osteopathy!
Let’s take a last in-depth look at the Mountain pose, which has been our challenge this half-term. Moving smoothly into Salute to the Earth, repeated three times, and then we’ll work with the triangle and the reverse triangle.
On to parsvottonasana for a good back-bend and forward-bend. And then we’ll balance in the dancer’s pose. Let’s finish the standing poses in the Mountain.
Coming to seated through the squat, we’ll move into the forward bend, paschimottonasana, followed by the backward stretch, purvottonasana. The class will be completed with seated twists, and possibly the mermaid, if there’s time.
We’ll action karma yoga in the meditation and the relaxation. Sending out the light to a chosen person in the former, and asking the question, ‘How can I serve myself’ in the latter.
It’s half-term next week!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti