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Anna W.

Practice Yoga for Your Nature



At any time, we are expressing a unique combination of elemental forces in our bodies and in our minds. When those forces are combined in a way that’s natural to our unique blueprint, we thrive.  When we’re working with a balance of elements isn’t just right for us, we can struggle.  Yoga practice can help us recognize the elemental forces we are expressing and help us move toward just the right balance for us, to align our practice with our nature (or dosha in Ayurvedic terms.)

Sometimes when I suggest to students that I would like to help them design a practice that aligns more with their needs, I see a moment of panic.  A certain number of students, I imagine, worry that I am going to ask them to practice in a way they find, “too easy.”  Another group may dread a practice that’s “too hard.”

Aligning your practice with nature, your own nature and the rhythms of the world around you, is more subtle than “Should I make it easy or should I make it hard?” Alignment with nature begins first simply with noticing.  What are your rhythms and desires? How is the world around you influencing your body and mind?

We begin an aligned practice by meeting ourselves where we are.  If we tend to thrive on challenge and heat, we head there first. If we are more inclined toward an introspective, quiet practice, we begin there. Once we feel comfortable, we can begin to explore balancing forces.  Perhaps we introduce a little light-heartedness for the fiery and competitive among us.  We could explore a sustained, but doable challenge or us for those who tend toward being complacent.

When we consistently practice in a way that is aligned for us, the promise of yoga begins to open up. It’s not just theoretical anymore.  Not only is practice more satisfying, we also see changes in ourselves off that mat. We may be able to let go of long-held patterns in the conduct of our lives.  In short, we become more vibrant and balanced and ready to grow into a mature spiritual practice.

Want to know more? Anna will lead three practices based on the three Ayurvedic Doshas.

Yoga for Your Nature: Ayurvedic Yoga for Your Unique Needs with Anna

Three classes spanning Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17. ($25 each or $60 for all three)
Friday, June 16, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Yoga for Vata
Saturday, June 17, 8:00 am to 10:00 am – Yoga for Kapha
Saturday, June 17, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm – Yoga for Pitta

Anna W.

Yoga says Peace of Mind is Possible

 
Our interactions with others provide some of the richest experiences of our lives, belonging to communities, creating and contributing in our careers, and even sharing the ups and downs of life with lovers and families. On the other hand, doesn’t it seem that finding the kind of inner peace and non-attachment you associate with yoga might be a lot easier if it weren’t for all those annoying other people?

Nothing disturbs my meditation like recalling an interaction with an irritated neighbor or thinking about how to answer a whiny email. Nevertheless, the Yoga Sutra suggests that we can find cultivate non-attachment, live peacefully, and, at the same time, enjoy the company of others for all its blessings and challenges.

In Yoga Sutra 1.33, Pantajali advises this:

By cultivating an attitude of friendship toward those who are successful, compassion for those who are suffering, joy toward those who are virtuous, and equanimity toward those who are non-virtuous, lucidity arises in the mind.

Each of these four approaches is worthy of being considered carefully, as each allows the mind to become more calm, peaceful, and pure. Yogis would say, more sattivic. In some ways, the second, to have compassion for those who are suffering, seems like it may be the easiest to live by. We may find compassion pulling often at our heartstrings, and it may be almost impossible to imagine ourselves acting cruelly. But for many, we need look no further for an example of ruthlessness than in the ways that we talk to ourselves. Pandit Rajmani Tigunait suggests, in the Secret of the Yoga Sutra, that a compassion that does not include the self is, in fact, woefully inadequate.

Compassion for yourself, by the way, doesn’t imply, letting yourself off the hook and allowing the development of a sloppy character. Having high standards for yourself is a good thing. But compassion allows room for making mistakes, for growing, for resting when weary, and for celebrating your efforts and your many gifts. This kind of self-care and love may help you develop the most admirable character of all, as well as the inner peace to navigate our crazy world and still attend to your practice.
Discuss this and the rest of the Sutra with me Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Yoga Bird