Yoga Training: Breath is life
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.
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.
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!