We will have one more discussion on the Yoga Sutras, to be held on November 16th at 6:30 pm at the studio. From there, we will begin reading the Bhagavad Gita as translated by Eknath Easwaran. This is a wonderful read, focused on the discovery and fulfillment of our purpose, or dharma, in life. Easwaran’s commentary illuminates this classic of Indian spirituality, making the teachings accessible and applicable. I hope you can join us as we close out 2012 and begin to look toward the new year. Our first discussion on the Bhagavad Gita will be held Friday December 14th at 6:30 pm, at Dragonfly. Hope to see you all soon!
So, by now perhaps you have journeyed into the first bit of the Yoga Sutras. Maybe it is your first reading, or maybe you have read them many times. The beautiful thing about such a text is that they always seem to provide some subtle tidbit of information, no matter how often we have seen it before, that will take hold in our minds and serve to support our paths. Please share if this is true for you…which Sutra(s) stand out to you?
I am feeling immense gratitude this morning for the opportunity the practice of yoga affords each of us to willingly surrender each time we arrive on the mat. Whether it be surrendering worries and troubles by turning the palms up in offering, nestling into the stable embrace of the earth in child’s pose, maintaining equanimity in a difficult posture, or submitting to the breath and body’s demands rather than the needs of the ego, yoga offers us many ways to practice letting go, surrendering to a greater will than our own. In choosing to practice this we perhaps find that this space of surrender becomes a welcome space; a familiar ground for change where we are no longer victims of circumstance, but rather are resolved to embracing life’s way of transforming us. Maybe then when we find our knees have buckled in fear of the unknown or that which we cannot control, or we find ourselves prostrate on the floor in grief, life having whittled us down to a pile of rubble, we can proceed to exist in this space without it feeling like a threat or so uncomfortable that we try to escape. From there, we can trust the process, sit this not-so-comfortable seat with minimal wiggling and writhing, and simply be, knowing what it is to truly let go, to submit to the path and what it has to offer, and to breathe. While the circumstances that drive us into this space of surrender are often painful, they are worthy of our gratitude, for we never leave the space of complete surrender unaltered. May we each find the ability to experience ease and peace in even the most trying situations, and may we be comforted in the knowledge that the tools we need to carry on will always be available to us.
“Surrender is a beautiful movement in which you gracefully, willingly, languidly fall, only to find midway that you have been gathered into some unimaginable embrace. Surrender is letting go, whether or not you believe the embrace will occur. It is trust to the hundredth power–not sticking to your idea of the outcome, but letting go in the faith that even the absence of an outcome will be the perfect solution.”
~Daphne Rose Kingma
Many blessings to each and every one of you,
Greetings all! We will kick off our first month of the Dragonfly Book Club by reading Sri Swami Satchidanada’s translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Sutras outline the possible paths for our individual yogic journeys, offering us guidelines and wisdom to support us as we endeavor to grow and deepen our practice. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the studio soon. We will take the month of September to read the book, during which book club members are encouraged to share commentary and thoughts via the Dragonfly Book Club blog. On September 28th at 6:30pm, join us at the studio to discuss the book as a community. Grab your cup of tea and start reading!!
Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful week–