- Theme Possibility: What is possible for me? What do you say YES to?
- Theme Removing the Obstacles: Invoking the power and stories of Ganesha
- Theme Flow: How are you stopping your flow and forward momentum in life?
- Theme Right Brain/Left Brain: Alpha and Beta waves, how one side of our body controls the movement on the complimentary side, how to move away from living only right brain.
- Theme Choices: Everything is a choice. As such what do you envision as your personal legacy?
- Theme Interweb of Relationships: What are the relationships between the poses? What is the relationship between the beginning, middle and end of class? How does this apply to your life? Where are you disconnected?
- Theme Working Together: What is your contribution to the world? How do your arms contribute to your downward dog? Where in your body are you not contributing strength or flexibility? Where does this mirror your life?
- Theme Audacity: What do you dare try, think, say or do to live your most audacious life? Dedicate this class to your untapped potential. Remember if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
- Theme Yoga as Happiness: Why yoga is cognitive behavioural therapy. Consider each class as an opportunity to earn your happiness certification. Theory behind yoga is that we are all constantly evolving to greater levels of happiness, if we get out of our own way.
- Theme Quality over Quantity: Are you living a good but not great life? Do you focus more on collecting poses, doing more poses than practicing fewer but with greater expertise? What is the difference in quality instead of quantity? Does the person with the most stuff win anything extra at the end of life? Does the person with the most poses win at the end of class?
SUMMARY OF YOGA SUTRAS (PHILOSOPHY) FOR 1 WEEK:
This week open up the Yoga Sutras and starting with chapter one, verse 1. “Once upon a time” study the following sutras each day. This is the foundation for the study of yoga. I hope this helps you bring your yoga from the mat into your life practice. Love and light, Silvia
Monday: Chapter 1.1 We begin the study of yoga. Making yourself the subject of your study, of your observation. In other words, be interested in finding yourself interesting. Are you telling yourself the Truth (Satya) about your feelings, thoughts and actions? Did you wake up today loving your life? What do you really want to be doing? Chapter 2.36
Tuesday: Chapter 1.15 Remembering the Self (Waking up from being half born), Variagya and 1.2 Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. Are you on the path of radical self-acceptance, where you finally wake-up to your fullest potential? Are you listening to your heart? Today make your decisions from your heart instead of your mind.
Wednesday: 1.2 Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. Begin to appreciate discomfort as a way to come alive rather than escaping life. What is your heart telling you that your mind is avoiding? The answer is there, nothing good will come from avoiding it or denying it any longer.
Thursday: 1.3 United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature, joy. The expansion of this joy is infinite LOVE, which encompasses and then transforms everything it touches. Everywhere we look, we see the reflection of our divine and joyful nature. Practice 1 minute of eye-gazing with yourself in the mirror upon waking up, and again before bed. What do you see? Walk around today practicing looking at everyone you meet with the eyes of your heart. Meet them knowing that just like you they want to be happy – their birthright is to be happy – without conditions.
Friday: 1.3 and 1.4 Sometimes we identify with the rays of consciousness which fluctuates and encourages our perceived suffering. How can you take the story that keeps replaying in your mind and rewrite it? Journal for 5 minutes about gratitude, 5 minutes about possibility.
Muladhara – pelvic floor – earth – instinct, security, survival, potential, food, matter
Swadisthana – sacrum – water – change, movement, pleasure, emotions, sexuality, desire
Manipura – navel – fire – power, autonomy, will, energy, technology, self-esteem
Anahata – heart – air – love, breath, balance, relationship,
Vishudda – throat – ether – self-expression, sound, vibration, communication, creativity
Ajna – brow/pineal gland – light – intuition, sight, imagination, vision
Sahasrara – crown – consciousness – thought, knowing, understanding, transcendence, meditation, universal connection
Annamaya kosha – earth – physical layer
Pranamaya kosha – water – energy layer
Manomaya kosha – fire – mind layer
Vijanamaya kosha – air – wisdom layer
Anandamaya kosha – space – bliss layer
ahimsa – non-violence
satya – benevolent honesty
aparigraha – non-hoarding
asteya – non-stealing
bramacharya – to behave as a student of god
saucha – cleanliness
santosha – contentment
tapas – discipline
swadyaya – self-study
ishvara pranidhana – offering to something bigger
WISDOM FROM RUMI
“The wound is the place where the light enters you”
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion”
“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”