The Courage to Open to Serenity and Peace: Intermediate to Advanced Yoga Class
The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta’, who is worshipped on the third day of Navaratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra, the half-moon on her forehead which looks like the bell (Ghanta) and because of that she is known as Chandra-Ghanta.
She is charming, has a golden bright complexion and rides a lion (or a tiger). It is said those who follow her become brave and fearless like a lion. She has ten arms, three eyes and carries a pot, bow, arrow, lotus, discus, rosary, trident, mace and sword in her hands. She is the apostle of bravery and possesses great strength to fight in the battle against demons. When provoked she is terrifying to her enemies, but to her devotees she is kind. Chandraghanta established justice everywhere and is ready to go to war and fight when necessary. It is believed that the sound of the moon-bell on her forehead will expel all type of spirits away from her devotees. As soon as the one invokes her, her bell immediately becomes active and starts ringing to protect the devotee under her shelter. The sound of her bell always protects her devotees from evil spirits.
“Chandra Ghanta” means supreme bliss and knowledge, and she showers peace and serenity, like cool breeze in a moonlit night. By her blessings all the obstacles on a devotees path are removed. Her roaring voice alerts and makes the Demons to tremble. When we practice with Chandraghanta we cultivate bravery and fearlessness accompanied by serenity and humility. Through courage we open a space for gentleness and peace. I think it is possible to feel this in our postures today as we gather the courage to practice over the moon and feel the serenity and peace of this posture.
Props Needed: Block, yoga strap
In savasana moon channel breathing, Supta Padangustasana series, 1/2 Bow Pose /ardha dhanurasana, Lion’s Breath/Simhasana, Tiger’s Tail/Vyaghrasana, Bow Pose from all 4’s/ardha dhanurasana from all 4’s, Pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, 1/2 Moon Side Bending/Ardha Chandrasana, Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon Balancing, Over the Moon Pose, utkata konasana/Goddess Victory Squat with Mudra for Protection , Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold/Prasarita Padottanasana, Cow’s Face/Gomukasana, Mantra for heavy duty protection/Om Eim Hrim Klim Chamundayei Vicche Namaha/ (Om I’m Hreem Kleem Chah-moon-dah-yea Vee-chei Nah-mah-hah)