Patajanli’s 8 limbs of yoga gives us guide for living a life of connection with ourselves and our world. The yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyhara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi are the steps. The Buddha gave us his eightfold path: Right view, Right intent, Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood,Right effort,Right mindfulness, Right concentration. And simply, the Bible guides us with the golden rule ” do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. These systems give us help on our spiritual path.They all focus us internally and externally.
Using the yamas, we have been looking at ahimsa (yama 1), non harming and relating it to our yoga practice and our life. Adding yama 2, satya, truthfulness, we can layer the first two yamas together. Truth telling has been front and center in our national conversation of late, so many of us have been considering this externally. Let’s move the truth-telling to our internal dialogue. We can best non-harm ourselves by being honest with ourselves. In our physical practice, this can be being honest with ourselves when a pose is not good for our body. I like this explanation from Charlotte Bell, a well respected yoga teacher and buddhist practitioner. About satya she writes:
” If we do not know who we are, how can we begin to form relationships based in truth? If we are not aware of the beliefs and thought patterns that color our experience, how can we listen to someone without over-laying our biases? How can make wise and compassionate choices if we are not aware of our intentions?”
This week we will continue our exploration.
Please join us Monday nite February 13 and Thursday February 16 for our yoga practices. Monday nite is 6:30-8pm and Thursday evening is 5-6:15 pm. We meet at the UU Church of Fresno. All are welcomed!
One of our fellow yoga students sent me this link this week about meditation. You may find it as informative as I did. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/meditation-music-may-reverse-early-memory-loss-adults/