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Yoga Training: Breath is life

April 13th, 2016

Yoga as a lifestyle reminds me of Buddhism as a lifestyle. There are apparently a lot of yoga sayings that really smart people wrote down centuries ago, that still hold timeless wisdom.

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There are 196 sutras, to be exact, but as intense as the course has been, we only got into four so far. They're beautiful, and I wanted to share.

Sthira sukhamasanam: Establish presence in asana (the practice) through steadiness and ease.

Prayatna saithilyananta samapattibhyam: By lessening restlessness and by continued meditation upon the infinite, posture is mastered.

Tato dvandvanabhighatha: Consequently, one is not disturbed by dualities.

Tasmin sati svasaprasvasayorgativicchedah pranayama: Upon asana being acquired, the movements on inhalation and exhalation should be controlled. This is pranayama (life force).

Clearly, I'm going to need to find my Rosetta Stone for Sanskrit.

I love how the philosophy is much broader than what Westerners think of as yoga for exercise. That's what I thought I was getting when I first started taking classes regularly a few years ago!

Yoga was developed as a vehicle for meditation, and meditation is all about the breath and stilling the mind. I have a monkey mind, as it's called - jumps around like a monkey in a tree.

I can meditate just like this!

I can meditate just like this!

And so I remember to breathe, and keep breathing, with intent and focus, with the understanding that the lessons for yoga can also be taken as a guidebook for tips on how to deal with life.

Mind blown! Transformation starting!
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  1. mala yoga:

    Mahalo!


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