As a Yoga studio, our job is to share our knowledge, experience and ideas about Yoga. Our hope is that you, our practitioners, will absorb what we share and, eventually, begin to do the same. There is a middle ground, though, for all of this. You see, we all have to practice and our practice is more than just what we do in the studio. It is the generalization of the skills we learn in class into our lives.
Have you felt the effects of your practice? To find Yoga is to find your Self. In order to get there, you have to restrain (Yamas) your wants and observe (Niyamas) your needs. The way you treat yourself should be reflected in how you treat others. And, if you see yourself as spiritual, holy, god-loved, etc. then you will see all others in this way.
We have reached the end of bliss contemplation and contemplate it we did. For those of you who are still having a difficult time wrapping your head around how the ocean would not be the ocean without everything in it and at the same time it is not attached to those things (a metaphor of ourselves), we understand. Patanjali must have also understood. Book II; Sadhana Pada, gives us guidance from a tangible perspective. Throughout the next few months we will work our way through the "Portion on Practice." As we study the Yamas and Niyamas, Kleshas and Asana, we hope to guide you into deepening your practice and bringing it beyond the physical.
October began our study of the Yoga Sutra. Throughout the next few months we will be following the Yoga Sutra from Pada Eka through the end. The most important lesson to remember is from Sutra 2:1: Yogas chitta vrtti nirodha; "Yoga is the quieting of the mind's chatter." The rest is just direction for accomplishing this task. Each sutra is like a gentle guide drawing us along the path to finding union and separation. Join in as we reference translations by Saccidananda and Iyengar. Our study will continue until we complete the book.