I’m not ignoring you! I am practicing pratyahara!

The end of our practice is savasana, the corpse pose. Have you ever considered why it is called this? Maybe because you are “dead tired” after your practice and need a rest! Or maybe this asana has a purpose. We begin our weekly practice with seated meditation to bring us present. We end our practice with a time to again bring us present, allow the practice to “set” within our physical body, and to internalize our energy. In order to do that, we need to understand pratyahara, the withdrawal of our senses. This is the fifth limb of yoga. Savasana helps us to learn to “go within” whether we are lying on our back, or engaging in the world around us. To be able to “stop the world”, even for a brief moment, is therapeutic to our physical body and our energy body. So, savasana is not just time for a nap, it is the time to learn how to leave the world behind.
Our Monday evening practice will be at the UU Church of Fresno on April 18 from 6:30-8:00pm. It is a time for movement, community and self nurturing. Hope you can make it!

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