Tag Archive: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

A Weekend of Practice (Ways of Maintaining Focus for the Long Resistance)

This was the first weekend in some time where I did not have any commitments. I knew I’d have to get some errands and correspondence done, but I’d thought it might be nice to find an asana class on Saturday morning. I ultimately decided to go to the opening class at the new Yoga Shala studio in Shaw . I really enjoyed the class, the studio itself has a good vibe, and they are looking to integrate into the neighborhood, sharing the block with Bread for the City. I expect to return. After class, I took a long walk and a good nap and then made a nourishing meal and went to bed early.

On Sunday, I noticed in my “promotion” emails, that Dharma Mittra was leading a day of classes at the convention center; Yoga District had arranged for him to come. I’ve never felt a calling to study with him, but I like Yoga District’s community focus, Dharma Mittra is an iconic figure in Western Yoga, and there he was and there I was and I’ve recently had a few different students ask me about the Dharma yoga classes in town, so I took the master class and stayed for yoga nidra.  It was a deep three hours with an enthusiastic group of practitioners.  I found some of the darshan of interest, though Dharma Mittra speaks too much of God and is [insert politically correct way to say sexist; he’s 78 and originally from a macho culture]] to resonate with my beliefs, and I prefer more focus on alignment with the physical postures.  I liked very much that he says the first principle of yoga is compassion and that one must maintain the state/practice of compassion throughout all the other practices or they do not have any import.

It was good to reinvigorate my practices and my intentions for all that I can offer.

And it was really a treat top watch Dharma Mittra demonstrate poses.

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Citta Vikshepas

I just read Arthur Kilmiurray’s recent blog entry on the citta-vikshepas (distractions) as described by Patanjali. I really like his suggestions on how a modern Western yogi might use the principle of the distractions for thinking about how to better align one’s path and daily living.  The advice arrived timely.

 

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Advice Around Town (and Aspects of Sauca)

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Surely, given some of the promises of hatha yoga–health and longevity–making disease prevention into a spiritual practice would be efficacious. 

It amazes me how few of my colleagues follow this simple tip, though there are signs everywhere.  What would be a better motivator than scientific evidence that washing your hands well helps keep you healthy?

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