We’re continuing our work with Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge.
This week we’re going to work with Pawanmuktasana 1, the anti-rheumatic group, Pawanmuktasana 2, the anti-gastric group, and Pawanmuktasana 3, the energy release group. These methodical exercises keep the joints, digestive system and energy body healthy. I like to work with these systems once every term so that you can learn them thoroughly and use them at home.
The meditation will be Sama Vritti Pranayama – the square breath, and the relaxation will use the head movement from Kaya Kriya.
Jnana Yoga teaches us to enquire, to strip away the layers until we find our truth. Krishnamurti said that ‘truth is a pathless land’…Jnana Sakti means the power of knowledge.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
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‘Home from OM’ employs the ancient yoga technique of story-telling to put across spiritual teachings, the infinite wisdom. Following the progress of ten occupants of a residential home, we engage with their lives and their pasts. Can living in a yoga community bring grace and fulfillment to their last years? Could this be a way for the elderly to progress instead of diminish? Or will new challenges emerge from the experiment? Carole Kerton has been teaching yoga for forty-one years. She believes in using humour and anecdotes to facilitate learning. Whilst yoga supports all age groups, the elderly in Carole’s classes thrive on their practice.
As we grow older, we need to check ‘what it’s too late for, what it’s just right for, and what it’s too early for’. When we get the balance right in our lives, when we know who we are and where we are at, then we can feel ‘gracious and fulfilled at the end of the day’.
That feeling of being totally in the moment, at one with yourself and comfortable in your skin comes from yoga practice.Home practice is wonderful, but being part of a group is even more wonderful.
There’s a lovely saying – if you can’t find an hour a day for your yoga practice, you need an hour and a half!
I wish everyone a happy, joyful and peaceful new year…
When you look back over your life, you see that there are times when the lessons come in thick and fast. Some periods are incredibly colourful and rich, both in joyful experiences and sad ones. This was our experience in the early 80’s. We learned then about the agony of sudden bereavement. We learned about extreme, fluctuating emotions. I became the designated emotional ‘washing-machine’ for the entire family. I felt that, in some strange way, all the emotions came to me, and I churned them around and sought to cleanse them. We learned, as we moved to the other side of the globe, about letting go of our security and diving into a new adventure. We learned about culture shock. Our young family clung together through the turbulence and grew strong.
It’s at these times that yoga’s lessons are most valuable. The asanas help to keep you grounded, the meditation calms your mind, the breathing techniques keep you in the moment. You realise the strength of you inner Self.
It seemed to me, as a child, that I was not on a level playing field. My brother was clearly regarded as being more important than me on every level.One of my challenges was to live alongside that and to play out the hand that I had been dealt. I guess when I sat in Spirit World and planned this incarnation, I decided that I needed to learn about human dynamics. I must have had to learn about confusion, and about living the questions. I developed a little world of my own. It was a place where I felt safe and where I could listen to my intuition, teaching from within.
It is said that when we pray we talk to God (or Brahman,) when we meditate we listen to him.
At age seven, I learnt that your body manifests what is happening in your mind and your emotions. My brother was sent away to boarding school and I came out in a rash from head to foot. I found that very interesting, so my curiosity about health and well-being was stimulated. Curiosity is a great foundation for yoga practice.
I also learned about being alone, and I discovered that in quiet time you are never completely alone. I learnt to trust my Inner Self, my Inner Guru or teacher. Yoga was always waiting for me…
Brahman is the friend and the refuge of all…
The Self is hidden in the heart of all creatures..
If the truth of these scriptures are meditated upon by a man in the highest degree devoted to God, and to his Guru as to his God, they will shine forth. They will shine forth indeed!
.That brings us to the end of our study of the upanishads. When you train as a yoga teacher, you immerse yourself in three great works, ‘The Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Patanjali’s Sutras’, and ‘The Upanishads’. The ancient teachings guide our steps.