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October’s Glory, continued!

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Still getting the hang of this blog, and realizing that photos are not my bailiwick. But wanted to share the beautiful bird with the world. I have recommitted to this writing process, now that the book is finished. Reading through some of these older posts this morning, I realized that I have not written since “Physical Poetry: Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda” came out last spring. The cleanse and dosha test below are directly from the book. I just finished a fall cleanse myself and would be willing to answer questions if anyone has any as they begin the process. It’s an amazing journey of clarification and lightening up every single time. We do not have the luxury of extra time to spend in confusion as we live our lives in these years of mounting crises on the planet. So I’m always looking for ways to clear the chaos, and have found that yoga practice along with mindful living provides matchless tools.

The beautiful proliferating of Iyengar Yoga continues worldwide. This process is apparent everytime I go to India, which I did again this past July of 2012. We have a global Iyengar community as well as a local one, and I feel honored to be part of both of them. George Purvis’ recent workshop in San Marcos gave me more time to reflect on the beauty of Guruji Iyengar’s method–sequencing, clarity, austerity. These were the words that I came away with (well, maybe also good humor, yes certainly, GOOD HUMOR!). Many of us who study Iyengar Yoga love words (Mr. Iyengar is a poet himself, I have long maintained). No wonder, then, that George’s comment about how we need to find a filigree of balance between being sadists and masochists as we practice asana in the Iyengar method struck a chord. I had just been studying Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Chapter II, verse 43 on tapas. Iyengar’s commentary mentions Gandhi, and how Gandhi had to find within himself a singularly austere self-discipline in order to forge the path of non-violence that his vision prompted him to lead. Obviously Iyengar, too, had to discipline himself with fire (tapas) in order to discover what was necessary for his own body to form the shapes of the asanas, and then apply these discoveries to his teaching of others. This applying of the fire of tapas has to be balanced with the yama of ahimsa (nonviolence) and sometimes, as George said yesterday, it is a kind of delicate filigree of balance.

So with these thoughts, and surrounded by the beauty of this glorious October morning that I leave off writing. I’ve committed to once a fortnight, to get back to the discipline of writing something about rasa (juice), amrit (nectar) and ananda (bliss), which is what I believe a practice of yoga and ayurveda can develop in us and lead us towards.

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Written by algarita

October 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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