Namaste. We’re continuing our study of contentment, santosha, the second of the Niyamas. All classical yoga practice is based on the Eight Limbs of yoga which were set down by Patanjali. The Niyamas guide us in the way we interact with others, the vibe that we put out into the world. They’re known as the observances and encourage us to observe our own behaviour. Our world is in desperate need of more contentment!
We begin our class with a poem by Edward Thomas. Poetry has not only a message, but a soothing effect on the soul.
The breath is the bridge which carries us from that which is physical to that which is spiritual, so the breath will feature strongly in our practice. So will flow. Let’s work with nose-to-knee poses, followed by bridges. We’ll then flow in and out of a gentle twist.
Taking time to feel inner contentment before we move on, we’ll use the boat to take us to sitting. A forward bend meets us here, and we remember that forward bends calm the mind. A calm mind is a big step towards contentment. Let’s do a big backward stretch before moving into a seated twist.
Now up onto the knees for the half-camel and full camel poses. The full camel will be our challenge pose for this half-term. It’s so wonderful for opening the heart! Yoga’s magic is it’s ability to work on all levels at the same time. We open the heart on the physical level, the emotional level and the spiritual level.
We’ll follow the camel with the mermaid twist. Great to finish any asana series with a twist to re-balance the chakras, the wheels of energy.
Meditation leads us to ‘sit in our hearts’. We’ve been given the instruction, by the guideline of santosha, that we are required to be content, to actively seek contentment. Living in contentment is surely the best gift that we can give to the world and to those who we love.
Relaxation is all about the breath.
Have a great week filled with contentment!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti