Last week we relaxed into trust and found peace when we reached deep inside to connect with our true self, our soul. This week we work on how you keep up this new found trust and peace, off the mat in our ever hectic lives. This is where the commitment to self and self-discipline comes in.
I generally disliked discipline, being a naturally lazy sort of person, I thought. But over the years I have realised that it is not the laziness that stopped me being disciplined but it is that I am not truly committed to MYSELF and my personal, physically, mentally and spiritually growth.
What does it mean to have a spiritual discipline and why do we need it? Well the ancient yogis found out that by relating to symbols and sacred geometry we make a friend out of our mind instead of the ever contradictory flow of our word and thoughts. That is why, kriya, asana, pranayama, mudra (hand positions) and mantra work. In this practice, we start to relate to ourselves on an ever deeper level, beyond logic and the meaning of words. As we relate to these symbols we create with our bodies, finger and mouth (mantra) we move beyond the mind to the stillness we find in mind, body, soul connection i.e. yoga, the sweet point where relaxation is deep and rejuvenative.
We start to change the neurochemistry of our mind, which has been set in stone from our 8.4 million incarnations which influences our cosmology and genealogy which is present in our DNA which spans 7 generations of our ancestors. If we do not want to be tugged by the winds of fate based on these two factors we need to set the intention to change this and that is where your spiritual discipline, sadhana, daily practice, however you want to name it comes in. Because change needs a little effort. That does not mean you need to dedicate an hour every day, this for most people other than yoga teacher is difficult. But how about 3 mins. Can you give yourself 3 mins every day to sit, stretch, be, breathe, exist, chant, sing etc.? If you cannot you need to ask yourself why? If you can start small and aim a little higher every few months, but keep up, so you will be kept up.
This week’s classes:
Mon 1 May 6.15-7.30 Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (Holiday class as Prana is closed)
Tues 2 May 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 3 May 5- 7.30am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 3 May 3-3.45pm Radiant kids yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 3 May 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Fri 5 May 6.30-7.30pm Acro Jam@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5(FREE
Sat 6 May 5-7.30am Sadhana@ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE)
Sat 6 May 9.30-10.30am Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Sun 7 May 10-11am Hatha General @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Sun 7 May 5.30-7.00pm Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Colombo 7