An Intermediate to Advanced Practice
Today’s class continues our Benefits of Yoga Series and today’s benefits is balance. We are going to be discussing the balance between your internal and external world with the bridge between those worlds being your breath.
With your inhalation you connect with your external world. Pause and you hold space to integrate that within you. Breathe out and you become a part of the external world. Pause while you release into the world beyond. Your breath is the moment to moment connection that creates balance between your internal and external worlds.
Other things like food allow you to take in the world around you. Your relationships allow you to interact with the world around you. But it is your breath that provides a continuous balancing act as you breathe in to draw in your connection to the outside world and you breath out, release and let go a part of yourself into the world.
Samatvam yoga uchyate (2:48 Bhagavad Gita) translates as yoga is balance. Many of us practice yoga to find physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual balance. Balance is in constant motion much like your breath. Sometimes you will be receiving your breath with your inhalation and sometimes you will be giving your breath with your exhalation. So it is with balance.
With balance there is movement in stillness and stillness in movement. Your external world is no doubt busy, full of activity, overdrive, and constant input. Sometimes the noise of our external world is so loud it keeps us from hearing the small voice within. Yoga allows us to unplug, refocus, balance and be still. Your internal world is a place to find balance, wholeness and presence. Geeta Iyengar says, “In asana, the mind has to reach inside the body to find a quiet space until a point comes where perfect balance is felt.”
Normally you use your senses to perceive your outer world. In this class we will use our external senses as the yogi’s did to observe the outside world as we look to the night sky and the star and the moon to create the qualities within us (creating balance between the rhythm of day and night). In today’s yoga practice we will seek to create balance between your internal and external world by turning your senses inward to observe your internal landscape through the lense of your breath.
Resources: Ganga White Yoga Beyond Belief and Sandra Sabatini Breath
Yoga Asana/Postures: Couch Pose/Anantasana, Front Lying Quad Stretch, 1/2 Bow/Ardha Dhanurāsana, Pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana , Lunge with Back Leg Up/anjaneyasana, Cat/Marjaryasana, Kneeling 1/2 Moon, Side Plank/Vasisthasana, Eye Yoga, 1/2 moon balancing/Ardha Chandrasana, Over the Moon, Jathara Parivartanasana/Reclined Twist
Props: Yoga Blocks, Yoga Strap