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Continue reading Daily Sadhana: Day 2
It’s Thanksgiving today here in the US. By all rights, this post should be all about the many things for which I am thankful but it isn’t. Instead I want to offer a challenge to you today. I want you to start practicing Yoga at home, today . . . on Thanksgiving. For many, many people, this will be a busy day of cooking and eating and family and friends and most of it in excess. Tomorrow will be a day of shopping and again, likely in excess. Take just a few minutes of your day for you.
We will begin promptly at 8pm; so, please arrive a little early.
It’s the end of November and in the US that means school children learning about pilgrims, turkey dinners and a month of prolific gratitude posts on Facebook. Some may want to argue the validity of some of these practices but no one will disagree that true gratitude is both ennobling and a sign of a humble spirit. It was with this mindset that three years ago I listened to a dear friend, Anita, share that she keeps a gratitude journal. Every day she would write in her journal something for which she was grateful. Imagine the group’s surprise when our teacher, a rather acerbic old soul named Eric, said, “That’s kindergarten stuff.” Most of us had spent quite some time under the tutelage of this man and trusted him; so, instead of shock, there was a great deal of curiosity about what he meant. He went on to explain that it was quite likely that every entry in Anita’s journal was about something pleasant and enjoyable. “It’s easy to be grateful for the things we like but the truly enlightened person steps barefoot in warm dog shit and, as it squishes up between his toes, he is grateful for it.”
Pressing into the earth, extending toward the sky and feeling energy moving from one to the other. That all has a very nice ring to it, does it not? Using these simple concepts, I have watched time and time again as new students bring their bodies into beautiful alignment and if alignment were all there is to asana then there would be no point in writing a part II post. Last week I wrote that breath is the key that unlocks the body and asana opens that door. The question is, where does that door lead?
Due to the lack of visual aid, today’s post will be delayed. I apologize for the inconvenience, let me queue up some elevator music for your wait.
I went to edit the image for today’s posture post and Gurudev’s alignment in the picture is, well, wrong. All of the alignment cues we specifically watch for are very out of alignment in the image: Back knee is bent almost to the floor, front knee is forward over the toes instead of over the ankle. I have not felt completely sanguine about using Gurudev’s images from the Sun Salutation chart. The chart is free but the full sequence chart is not and I have known all along that I wanted to post about every posture in the Level I sequence. I had planned to eventually take pictures of myself in the postures—actually, I want my wife to take the pictures as I am not known as a fabulous photographer—and apparently, today is that day.
Until later, Jai Bhagwan!
Throwback Thursday continues here at Everyday Yoga. Do you remember this one? For those of you at Yoga Nidra last night, this may remind you some of our discussion about cathartic releases.
Today I want to share with you a new recipe. I was going to embellish this post with some thoughts on taking Sadhana off your mat and into the kitchen but I’ll save that for another day. Today, I just want to share the pure joy of cooking and eating good food.
As we rush around in our busy, modern life, most of us are completely disconnected from our bodies. We eat when we are not hungry, we stay awake while our bodies beg for sleep and we ignore aches and pains or cover them up with whatever pain killer is close at hand. We bemoan, vocally or not, the state of our bodies as too fat, too thin, too weak, too old, too ugly, too unworthy of love. Often the response to all of this is to “Whip it into shape!” or “No pain, no gain!” or “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” Does any of this sound familiar?
Each week as I’ve written about the postures used in Surya Namaskar, I’ve ended the post with an experiment for you to try at home. Yoga is a science, it is full of experiments for you to try and, as you try them, you begin creating your own experiments. Yoga experiments tend to begin as fairly simple questions like, “What happens if I hold this pose for 1, 2 or 5 minutes?” Then they become a bit more complex, “Why do I feel like I am about to fall off a tall ladder when I move into Ushtrasana?” They even start to spill off the mat, “Do I create this problem?”
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