Namaste from Pondicherry, India
Beautiful Ripple Yoga Community!
I can’t believe that in less than 60 days I will be back in Seattle. I am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone and meeting all the new students at Ripple Yoga. I recently invented a practice here at the ashram which I am calling “Tapas Tuesday”. Tapas is a Niyama which means discipline, or can be translated as “to walk through the fire.” There are people here in India who stand in tree pose for a year as part of their Tapas (not recommended)!
On Tapas Tuesday, from last Tuesday to the end of the program, I am practicing Mauna and fasting on Tuesdays. Both are beautiful practices that help us in so many ways.
Mauna means silence, and more specifically no communication, verbal or otherwise. It is an opportunity to look within. It is an opportunity to realize that most of what we say is not really that important and doesn’t need to be said. Mauna offends and subjugates our ego. When we subjugate our ego, we work on overcoming it as a Klesha bringing us one step closer to Moksha. Remember that Kleshas are inherent characteristics that are installed in us at birth and reside in the animal part of the brain. They are Ignorance, Ego, Likes, Dislikes and Survival Instinct. We must overcome all of these and our Yoga practice works towards that goal.
Fasting is simply not eating. We can go about 21 days without eating and survive, so long as we have water. We can actually live our life unaffected because the sun and our breath provide all the energy we need, if we know how to access it. There are people in India called Breatharians who don’t eat. Ever. Fasting helps us to overcome our survival instinct. We should realize that anytime we work on overcoming our Kleshas, we are moving from reactionary behavior from the animal part of our brain to responsive behavior from the human part of our brain, and advancing our evolution.
Enjoy, keep practicing, continue 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,