The Yoga Sutras – Pulling it all together
During class this week, I shared with you the first sutra of the Yoga Sutras. This first sutra is a wonderful way to begin this month of opening our heart. Many of you asked for the name of the book I read from, which I’ll share with you below. But first, I would like to give you more information on the Sutras and why they are so important to our yoga practice and to living life at our fullest.
The Sutras are a compilation of elements from older yogic texts (like the Vedas, the Upanishads, Buddha’s teachings, and the Bhagavad Gita) which when put together have created a comprehensive system for life. There are 196 nuggets of wisdom in the Sutras which are easy to read as they may only be a sentence or two long. But to really grasp these wisdom bites, spend time contemplating each and every sutra and then putting them into practice. Nischala’s book shares anecdotes for each sutra(s) as well as ways to put the sutra into practice. One part of the Yoga Sutras are the 8 Limbs. We are very familiar with asana and possibly pranayama from our yoga classes but these are just two of the eight limbs. Jennie Lee’s book will guide you through those 8 Limbs of yoga planting the seeds along the way for joyful living.
I feel that the sutras can be practiced anywhere, your car, your mat or even talking on the phone with your insurance company. They are intuitive, practical and make a lot of sense. In fact, some may call them common sense on how to live your life. One sutra may really resonate with you and that becomes your daily inspiration. Write it down, place it on your fridge, repeat it during meditation. It is yours and what you do with it, is up to you.
Joy, Joy, Joy
*I highly recommend both books.
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi www.abundantwellbeing.com
True Yoga – Practicing with the Yoga Sutras by Jennie Lee www.jennieleeyogatherapy.com
Heart Opener (Minimal Prop)
Props: blanket folded
Benefits: supports breathing, stretching the chest and shoulders, releases low back, can provide energy for someone lethargic
Fold a blanket over so that it is comfortable under the bra line. Shoulders should be rolling onto the floor. Arms can stretch out to the sides, palms up or come into goddess arms, as shown. Support under wrists and behind cervical spine.
Reclined Twist Pose
Props: blankets, bolster