We’re working with Aparigraha, non-greed. Sometimes folk become greedy simply because they experience a feeling of deep-seated emptiness or hunger. They endeavour to fill the space with food or possessions, but this emptiness doesn’t go away. The feeling of not being enough and not having enough simply increases. Yoga has the answer. The mission to fill the empty space is the search for meaning, the search for purpose, the search for peace. Yoga practice allows people to step back from greed for superficial gratification, and to embrace a life that fulfils and fills. Yoga leads us to completeness.
This week we’ll begin with nose-to-knee poses. Then on to bridges, and a lovely spinal twist. Let’s explore the shoulderstand, plough and fish poses, before using the boat to move to sitting.
We’ll stretch into the dog, and then walk the hands towards the feet. Coming to standing, we’ll briefly pause and then continue with warrior 2 into triangle. Let’s see how balance feels today, and practise a balance posture.
Returning to the mat through squat, we’ll spend a few moments perfecting our challenge. Can we lower ourselves to the mat, silently, and without tipping over backwards?? How’s the control this week?
Meditation works with a dynamic mudra. We touch the thumb to the index finger with the internal sound of SAA; to the middle finger with the internal sound of TAA; to the ring finger with the internal sound of NAA; and then it’s thumb to the little finger with the internal sound of MAA. This we repeat many times. It has the effect of producing inner relaxation and we feel that we’re enough. We are enough – we have enough.
Relaxation uses sound too – SO on the in-breath, and HAM on the out-breath. This is the natural internal sound of the breath and it’s wonderfully comforting.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti