Yoga in Nature

Being peaceful requires us to understand ourselves in relationship to nature. We should be truthful when we act towards nature. This requires adherence to the second yama, Satya. Satya has been used by Gandhi in his quest for the ultimate truth through Satyagraha, his method of non-violently convincing oppressive regimes and social hierarchies to find peace through equality.

When we do asanas (yoga poses), we should never overdo ourselves. We should be truthful to ourselves and to the state of our body. We should be natural. We should allow the pose to come naturally, to find us, rather than creating the pose.

Yoga requires adherence to satya or truth. So does peace & conflict resolution. Gandhi advocated for opposites to find a higher truth, beyond what either party wanted. You can only do this by setting yourself free from all constraints and allowing yourself to truly be you, in connection to nature and the ultimate truth.

This week, the class did a lot of the same poses as the first week (Being Non-violence through your child-like qualities of innocence and trying). We added some shapes, shapes that are found in nature– diamonds, triangles, circles, lines (badhakonasana, trikonasana, chakrasana, plankasana). These are shapes that a child must learn too!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gina
    Oct 17, 2009 @ 23:48:22

    Great blog! I’ve been wanting to take a yoga class and this really inspired me. Thank you! 🙂

    Reply

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