Compassion for yourself

Yama: Aparigraha (The absence of greed)

At times, we desire to have everything. Especially in today’s ever-changing world, it is harder to live without. Nation-states want the same—to be powerful by accumulating wealth. We want to be strong and masculine, and be able to do everything ourselves. Sharing is not lauded. Similarly, we tend to hoard our tensions. It is hard to be open and let go. We want world peace everywhere, and we want it NOW.

This is okay some times. But, we must also find balance in our lives, and learn acceptance. Today, our poses follow the yin style of yoga, which focuses on the nurturing and compassionate qualities. Rather than using large muscles, this form of yoga focuses on the connective tissues and joints. Poses are held for 3-5 minutes or longer, and our bodies tend to relax into the pose, letting go of our muscles and tightness. Until now, we have moved a lot in and out of poses. Now, through Yin Yoga, we learn to calm our mind and be still, as a precursor to meditation. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others. Be happy, be healthy, be holy.

Poses included: Peace pose, ½ butterfly, Snail (like plough), Child’s pose, Lying Frog (hip opener), Rock & Hero, lying twist, happy baby, savasana

We ended with a meditation–alternate nostril.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Nicole
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 01:02:26

    My body relaxed by just reading this post, Sowmya. Thank you for all of your inspiration!

    Reply

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