The human tendency is towards postponement, ‘when I get promotion I will be content’, ‘when I can afford a new car I’ll be content’, ‘when my kids grow up I’ll have time to be content’. Contentment, though, is about now. It’s about living on that line of contentment no matter what. That’s the yogic challenge in this rule – how do I maintain contentment here and now, regardless of circumstances?
This is where yoga practice in a class comes in. At each yoga class you are reminded of contentment, santosha, until it becomes your way of life.
We’ll stand for Malla Kriya at the beginning of our class. We’ll then perform three salutes to the sun, followed by forward bend, backward bend and standing twist, Kati Chakrasana.
On to a balance – the dancer’s pose – and then to another – the squat. Staying on the mat, we’ll run through our challenge pose of the half-camel, and then employ the use of the meditation stool to aid us with the full-camel. Featuring this asana has given us a good understanding of opening the front of the body, opening the heart.
Meditation will feature a hand movement. We rest the hands on the knees, then when we breathe in we open the hands (like a lotus flower blossoming) and as we breathe out we gently close the hands (as though the lotus is returning to a bud).
Relaxation focuses on the breath.
Next week is half-term, so no class on October 26th.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti