Nourish your Soul
This 50 minute intermediate hatha yoga class will teach you the yoga position natarajasna or dancer pose. The yoga posture is a basic yoga pose and through the class you will learn simple yoga poses and yoga positions for chest and shoulder pain. This hatha yoga class is filled with chest opener yoga stretches. Join us for an easy yoga class with simple yoga poses.
In today’s class we will gently open your heart and chest using props and yoga postures to prepare you for Natarajasana/Dancer Pose. We are also continuing the Ayur Dehi mantra with the ninth line of the mantra, atmanam dehi, may my soul be nourished. In today’s class we will reflect on what it means to nourish our souls through the grace of Natarajasana on our yoga mats and by treating ourselves and those around us like the divine beings that we truly are off our yoga mats.
This week we focus on the ninth line of the mantra, atmanam dhehi
May my soul be nourished. Our souls are defined as the spiritual part of our being, believed to survive death and all of life’s traumas and dramas. As yogis we have the opportunity to turn inward and focus on the sacred in all aspects of our life. There is a beautiful poem by Kabir that illustrates this point perfectly translated by Robert Bly:
Don’t go outside your house to see flowers.
My friend, don’t bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
One flower has a thousand petals.
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty
inside the body and out of it,
before gardens and after gardens.
If we are going to nourish our soul, then we can bring our awareness to treat ourselves as sacred beings, gods and goddesses, worthy of our own loving kindness. From there, we can go into our relationships and treat those we love with the same tenderness and grace.
We can reflect on our actions and imbue them with a sense of the sacred as well. When we wake up in the morning, we can make our bed as an act of service to the divine. We can wash the dishes as though we are bathing the baby Buddha. In other words, every thought, word and action in our day can be infused with a sense of the sacred.
Throughout the day, we can use reminders such as our cell phone ringing, or sirens going off in our town to stop what we are doing and look around. Take the time to notice your breath. Notice your surroundings and take in the abundance of the sights, sounds, and textures all around you. Appreciate the divinity that is right at hand.