This is our last week for focusing on Brahmacharya, non-misuse of energy. To the ancient yogis this study would have involved being celibate. Nowadays, we are more inclined to think of it as being faithful and not promiscuous. Being involved in many relationships at once would dissipate the energies. But Brahmacharya is so much more than this. The positive side of this study is to use the energy for good; to use the energy as a channel for love; to use the energy as a force for helping others.
We’ll begin with a breathing exercise while seated, moving from Anjali Mudra on the in-breath, to Even-Hearted pose on the out-breath. We’ll then emulate this movement with the knees. This will prepare us for the challenge pose, half-lotus.
Now let’s lie on the abdomen and refresh our memories with the creeping crocodile. This is a great way to open the hip joints. Then we’ll move into work with the cobra, locust and bow postures. Rolling on to the side, we’ll practise our side-stretches and Vishnu’s couch.
From resting on the abdomen, we’ll push back into swan and then attempt the sequence swan – cat – cobra. Then can we progress to swan – cat – dog – cat – cobra? Staying in swan, finally, we’ll move into the variation. This is marvellous for opening the shoulders and hips!
Last asana will be the mermaid. It will feel so good to finish on a twist.
For meditation we’re going to work with Moon Breathing or Chandra Bheedana Pranayama. When we clear and cool our energies, we can utilise them wisely; we can open up our third eye and remove the pirate patch from over it! The intuition will instruct us how best to use our energies, best for us, best for all beings, best for the planet.
Relaxation is about breathing in the sun’s energy and breathing out the moon’s energy. Let’s feel the subtle difference.
This week is the last of our Spring term. We return for the Summer term on April 20th. That is for a twelve-week term, but we’re tagging on the week that we lost to the snow day. Hence we finish on July 20th. Have a great break!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti