Namaste from Pondicherry, India
Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!
At the ashram we have a very balanced life. We practice hard and we also have plenty of time for rest. That is the Yogic way, to find balance, because cosmic law of the universe is always seeking balance. To be a Yogi, we must walk the razors edge, and constantly seek the middle road. This is not always easy and sometimes requires us to do what is good over what is pleasant. The two are not always the same.
In our city lives, we more often than not are stressed by our lifestyle. It is built into our culture that we are overworked, underappreciated, have little time for personal endeavors or hobbies and are constantly bombarded by emotionalism and drama. This causes a lot of Chitta Vrittis (whirlpools of the subconscious) that drive these physical, emotional and mental imbalances. We are always pushing, and then when we go to practice yoga, the large majority of us only practice Vinyasa where we push ourselves some more!!! This practice makes us further out of balance.
At Ripple Yoga, we have 13 classes on the schedule, and 6 of them are Vinyasa. 4 are Hatha and 3 are Restorative for a reason, and that is to offer balance. Hatha requires more of the use of the mind and Restorative asks us to actually relax, both of which offer balance to your practice. I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to enjoy the other classes that are on the schedule in order to attain balance in your Yoga practice, which translates to balance in your life! It may not be the pleasant thing to do because you tell yourself you don’t enjoy those practices, but it is the good thing to do!
In this week’s lesson we touch on Dharma again and the relationship between Dharma and the first two of the 8 limbs of Yoga, Yama and Niyama. This all relates to the definition of Yoga, which is a conscious evolution. We are all evolving whether we like it or not, so we may as well do it consciously. Dharma is our responsibility as human beings and creating stability from within utilizing wisdom, love, compassion and creativity. Without this Dharma, we run around like chickens without direction. It is the foundation of our life and practice. Yama is defined as the restraint of our animal instincts, the lower levels of our brain. Niyama is the expansion of the human part of our brain, the Neo Cortex. Evolution cannot occur without Dharma, Yama and Niyama, period. And therefore, neither can Yoga.
Keep on the lookout for Dharma, Yama and Niyama workshops in the Spring of 2016!!!
Enjoy, keep practicing, keep evolving and so much more to come!! As always if you have any questions, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer all emails!!!!
In Unity and Love,