Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Getting Upside Down

Well, I personally,  have had a great time teaching ya'll inversions this week. It is really exciting to watch your enthusiasm for these powerful poses.  Keep up the good work.

Here's the handout from  class. 

8 limbs of  yoga

•Yama :  Universal moral guidelines
• Niyama :  Personal observances
•Asanas :  Body postures
• Pranayama :  Breathing exercises, and control of prana
• Pratyahara :  Control of the senses
•Dharana :  Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
• Dhyana :  Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
 Samadhi :  Union with the Divine

The Five yamas

•Ahimsa: non-violence, inflicting no injury or harm to others or even to one's ownself, it goes as far as nonviolence in thought, word and deed.
•Satya: truth in word & thought.
•Asteya: non-covetousness, to the extent that one should not even desire something that is not his own.
•Brahmacharya: control of sexual desire
•Aparigraha: non-possessiveness

The  results of  becoming  “Firmly established”   in these behaviors.

When one is firmly established in non-violence, others abandon hostility in your presence. Enmity vanishes.

When one is firmly established in truth,  actions and words are fructified.

When one is firmly established in non-stealing,  all jewels come to you.

When one is firmly established in continence,  power is attained.

When one is firmly established in not coneting, knowledge of past and future lives unfolds.

The Niyamas

•Saucha: cleanliness of body & mind.
•Santosha: satisfaction; satisfied with what one has.
•Tapas: austerity and associated observances for body discipline & thereby mental control.
•Svadhyaya: study of the Vedic scriptures to know about God and the soul, which leads to introspection on a greater awakening to the soul and God within,
•Ishvarapranidhana: surrender to (or worship of) God.

The  results of  becoming  “Firmly established”   in these behaviors according to  Patanjali.

Cleanliness leads to not using others for personal gratification.
Contentment  leads to happiness.
Tapas leads to removal of impurities.
Self-study leads to awareness of  relationship with one’s personal diety.
Surrender to god leads to  perfection of  Samadhi

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