Yoga with Melissa 24 is a yoga class on Ganesh the remover of obstacles 🙂 This is the first in a series of classes on Hindu Deities. Let’s dive into the world of Hindu mythology. When practice yoga with and listen to stories of the gods and goddesses we can view them as symbolic representations of aspects of ourselves. This can be aspects of ourselves that we are aware of, or aspects we would like to cultivate. They do not necessarily need to be seen as an icon to which we pray. We will begin as is tradition, with the Hindu Deity Ganesh. Ganesh is known as the remover of obstacles. His big elephant head encourages us to think big, and connect with our inner wisdom. His big ears invite us to listen more and his small eyes are representative of concentration. Ganesh rides a mouse which is symbolic of the ego and also represents our wandering mind. The trunk is strong enough to uproot a tree and to clear the path, but can also pick up small things representing adaptability. His big belly opens us to peacefully digest the good and bad of life. During this class we will ground with rooting postures and choose an physical, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual obstacle as our focus for practice.