Light & Love Yoga
May 19, 2011
We are here today because each one of you yogis and yoginis said YES! Yes to Light and Love 200 hr. YTT Program. Yes to furthering your education in yoga —- which, as you all know, is a lifelong process.
And I’m so happy you did!
You said YES to learning more about asanas – including modifying, adjusting, and assisting. YES to establishing a steady, committed home practice. YES to acquiring and applying more skills dealing with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Even if it did mean drawing all over each other with washable markers during Mary Jo’s Anatomy workshops!
And I’m so happy you did!
You said YES to deepening your wisdom by studying the sutras, the rich history of yoga, the 8 limbs, and the philosophy of the 4 major yoga’s. You said Yes by practicing and learning more about Sanskrit terminology, with Sundaram and in the classroom – breaking down the barriers of an ancient language to combine it with the modern English names. (Mtn. pose is still Tadasana; Wild Thing is simply Wild Thing – what is the Sanskrit anyway???)
And I’m so glad you did!
You said YES to meditation and guided visualizations. You listened, let go, got still —– and waited….for that still small voice within. You then responded through the ACTION of your practices and your LIVING LIFE!! YOU were and are OPEN to living your lives as whole, independent, vibrant, and loving beings. You deeply opened to speaking your Truth and to continuing to change and grow and evolve on your path. This is called ADVANCING IN YOGA. The insights and principles learned were offered to assist you in refining your ability to see and listen, inwardly and outwardly, on deeper and more subtle levels. This is a lifetime practice
And I am so grateful that you did say YES!
You said YES to learning more about the chakras, as a science, as a metaphysical or mystical aspect of Yoga and Eastern philosophy. You took in the aspect of the meridians, and how to creatively use the mandalas to supplement the chakra work. You embraced the integrating of the chakras thru meditation, visualizations, coloring, journaling, and opening deeper into your Life. You then embodied the energy that flows through the mind/body/spirit, making the connection complete as evidenced in your magnificent mandala artwork and your personal practice within and without.
The beautiful expression that is each one of you, I am so grateful!
All the hours of student teaching, early morning yoga with David, yoga at each other’s homes, at the beach, in the temple at Sundaram’s, with Mary Jo in the afternoons, or with me doing restorative yoga —– Completing the sometimes arduous homework assignments, the sore bodies, the self inquiry, as well as the ever illusive state of bliss —-
Isn’t this what it means to live your yoga? I hope you feel TODAY the coming together of all your yoga work. This took commitment, practice, and, above all else, an OPEN HEART. You have become united and together you are —– TRUE SANGHA – community.
Sutra 5 from the book 3 – Portion on Accomplishments
By the mastery of samyama comes the light of knowledge.
This means that the truth behind the object on which we do samyama becomes known to us. That is what is called discovery. The truth was covered before; now we “dis-cover” it. It’s not that anyone creates anything new. Some truth was hidden. By samyama, we understood what it was. That’s the true meaning of discovery.
*samyama – the practice of dharana (concentration), dhyama (meditation) and Samadhi (contemplation).