We tend to identify with a limited sense of self and this causes us not only a lot of suffering but it also causes us to miss a lot of our lives as they are actually unfolding. Our bodies, emotions, sensations, awareness and experiences are always changing so we do not actually exist in a fixed or static way.
When we identify with our bodies, feelings, or thoughts as me, myself or mind, then we created a fixed identity. Perhaps we identify as being a mother, somebody who is kind, somebody who helps or somebody who is available. The problem with this is that we have to protect and defend these identities, strive to fulfill them. Or we find ourselves deficient in these identities or even fear or experience their loss.
In truth we are not our relationships, our things, our family, or our jobs. We are only in relationships with our things, our family, our jobs and these things are continually changing and never fixed. People and tasks change. Our thoughts and feeling come and go. Our bodies age, get sick and will eventually die.
This hatha yoga class is called the dance of experience. Experience comes into being for a little time, in a certain form, then it ends and a new form replaces it moment by moment. Our dance with experience arises in the present moment, does it dance and then disappears. We are a constantly changing process, not a fixed being. In this way, we can appreciate the mystery of our lives as they unfold in each moment.
The teachings in this class are inspired by Jack Kornfields book, A Path with Heart
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Front Lying Savasana, Front Lying Twist, Locust Pose or Salabhasana, Ardha Dhanurasana or Half Bow Pose, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Downward Facing Dog, Dancer Pose or Natarajasana, Uttanasana or Standing Forward Fold, Ardha Dhanurasana or Half Bow Pose, Child´s Pose or Balasana, Marichyasana or Marichi’s Pose, Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Bhairava Mudra
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