This past week has been a challenging one, no matter who you voted for. Many of us are still trying to process the outcome of the election and trying to envision what comes next. In challenging times, I am eternally grateful to have the tools of yoga to fall back on. This week, I was reminded of some teachings of yoga that I'd like to share with you. They are, for me, important steps when working through difficult experiences.Read More
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Avoiding Suffering by Breaking Samskaras
Those of you who have been practicing with me for a while know that I believe yoga is a practice of developing self-awareness. Through the practice of yoga, we cultivate the ability to see ourselves more clearly. We slowly begin to uncover and understand our habits of behavior and patterns of thinking. In yogic philosophy, these patterns and habits are called samskaras.
Everything we do — every action we take, move we make, thought we think — leaves an impression, a samskara, on our minds and bodies. As yoga teacher David Yglesias puts it:
“Samskaras are like ruts on a muddy road. The more the wheel travels over them, the deeper the groove gets and the harder it is for the wheel, like our emotional tendencies, to break free from them.”Read More
I recently listened to a recording of a lecture titled “Clinging & Letting Go” that speaks to a powerful benefit of a consistent yoga practice: learning to relax into our feelings and experiences without reacting. We practice this while we’re on the yoga mat and we benefit from it throughout our lives.
“Clinging & Letting Go” was a talk given last year by Matthew Brensilver at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and his subjects were actually buddhism and meditation. He speaks, unsurprisingly, about clinging as a barrier to freedom from suffering and letting go as the key.Read More