Yoga with Melissa 235, Perfectionism, 1 hr Backbend Yoga Class, Guru Mantra, Yoga Stories 2

by Melissa West on

Imperfect Perfection

namaste-yoga-episode-235The focus of this week’s class is on Vishnu’s incarnation as Krishna and his conversation with Arjuna that in taking a human form he could only be 15/16th perfect. We will reflect on our imperfect perfection as human beings and bring loving kindness, compassion and perfection to our imperfections.

This week we will continue with the Guru mantra which is found in the Guru Gita.

gurur brahma gurur visnu
gurur devo mahesvara
guruh saksat parambrahma
tasmai sri gurave namah

The guru is Brahma, The guru is Vishnu
The Guru is Shiva (Devo Mahesvara)
The guru is nearby and the guru is everywhere
To the guru I offer, all that I AM.

Our focus this week is on Vishnu, the preserving force of the universe. His is the energy that maintains every aspect of our lives. Anything that keeps us moving along is the spirit of Vishnu. Vishnu had at least 10 incarnations, however the one we are going to learn about today is his incarnation as Krishna.

Krishna’s job was to drive the great warrior Arjuna into battle. While driving the chariot, Vishnu helps his best friend Arjuna overcome his doubts which becomes the dialogue for the Bhagavad Gita.

Apparently according to Yogi Narayana Baba, Vishnu admitted to his best friend Arjuna that in taking a human form in his incarnation as Krishna, he could only be 15/16 perfect. Without that 1/16 imperfection, his divine stature would lose its human form.

Alanna Kaivalya suggests then that from a divine perspective, humanity is almost by definition imperfect. She goes on to say that coming to terms with our imperfection is our greatest challenge and our greatest gift. She suggests that by meeting this challenge we can accept our own imperfections in order to behold the deeper truth of our souls.

Can you relate to this story at all?

Do you try to hold yourself up to God-like standards?

Not even Vishnu could do that in his incarnation with Arjuna, if he did, he would have lost his human form! What would it be like to let yourself off the hook? What would it be like to stop striving for perfection and God-like standards?

What would it be like to meet your imperfections and shortcomings with loving kindness rather than judgment? Can we come to love ourselves not by finding perfection, but by learning to see our imperfections with compassion? Perhaps by being honest with ourselves that in maintaining our lives and moving along we are going to make mistakes. Then we can come to terms with the beauty of imperfection and see the deeper Truth of who we really are.

Props Needed: Yoga Blanket, Yoga Mat

Yoga Asanas/Postures: Guru Mantra with Anahata Mudra, Counter Rotation Series, Reclined Twist/Jathara Parivartanasana, Cat/Marjaryasana, V-Sit with Rotation, V-Sit with Cat/Cow, Palm Tree Pose/Ardha Chandrasana/Side Bend, Anuvittasana/Standing Backbend, Uttanasana – to flat back, Breath of Joy, Adho Mukha Svanasana/Urdhva Mukha Svanasana/Downward Facing Dog to Upward Facing Dog, Adrha Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Guru Mantra and Anahata Chakra Mudra


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