In our culture our attention is so often pulled up and outside of ourselves. We look for happiness and satisfaction outside of ourselves. Even our self-care practices have an external focus. Contentment requires focus as it is an internal practice. As Sara Avant Stover reminds us, no amount of external pampering can nourish our depths when we’re feeling depleted, afraid, overwhelmed or insufficient.
Contentment means focusing inwards, holding ourselves with loving kindness and trusting our own basic goodness, knowing that even our anger, doubt, aversion, overwhelm, illness, doubt and resistance are held in this gentle loving space.
Nischala Joy Devi says that contentment means firmly identifying with our inner essence rather than with external objects.
We practice yoga and meditation to awaken to our True Nature, to discover our basic goodness. To awaken to who we are, rather than to be a slave to what we do. When we inhabit our bodies we will feel like we’ve come home and we will experience focus and contentment.
Coming into your body through yoga and meditation gives you a safe refuge for self-soothing. It gives you space away from thought and the buzzing busy-ness of day to day life. All day long we are pulled up out of our bodies, distracted by the flashy screens. Connecting with our belly centers we will find a sense of inner safety, home, focus and contentment.
In The Book of She, Sara Avant Stover speaks of one of her students Adrianne who explains, “for most of my life when I felt the rumbles or sinking feeling in my belly, I thought I was hungry, so I just ate something. Now I see that in those cases what I’m really hungry for is a grounded connection to myself.”
When you create that connection with your belly, you are able to give yourself a deeper nourishment, focus and contentment that you are craving on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual.
The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power by Sara Avant Stover
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Crocodile Pose or Makarasana, Pelvic Rocking, Supported Bridge Pose or Salamba Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Hand body mudra or sharira mudras, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Legs up the Wall or Viparita Karini, Reclined Hero’s Pose Supta Virasana, Bharadvajasana or Zig Zag Twist, Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
Yoga Props: folded blanket, yoga blocks, wall, bolster
Members: Practice Storing Your Energy Prior to this Class 🙂
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