Saturday, May 31, 2008

The yogasutras

With inspiration from T.K.V. Desikachar and Bouanchaud I’ve decided (for today-I’m so limited) that my yoga classes will be an exploration of the sutras, one at a time. My spiritual path is the most practical and most grounded experience I’ve ever had. I always thought that it would be the big “out of body” or “burning bush” experience, I’ve had some of these as well, but what I love is what shows up and is in my every day.
So that’s why I take a sutra and unfold it into my yoga class asanas, letting go of the idea, that I have to go to India and become mahatmajenni before I can start to even touch these, for me spiritual principles, sutras.
The first sutra has two consequences for my class, partly I want to get in touch with “why am I here” my prayer for this class (I am living prayer) landing in the here and now, which is my second consequence for the class, I have to stay on my mat, minding my practice and I have to be in constant connection with now. It is, for me, practicing the principle of “shtira” being aware, alert and steady. I love that both Desikachar and Bouchaud gives me that I start in God. I’m not the source of the experience my students have of yoga, I’m just a tool, that’s sane perspective to me.
My own meditation is not controlled by me, I let go and to my surprise, my meditation this week have mainly been on limitedness of human form, which is somehow soothing and amending to myself.
Serenity and love jenni

4 comments:

Cyrus Rumi said...

'Deep meditation is a means of knowing and connecting with things that are hidden from our standard senses. Once you connect, a new world unfolds before us.'
(Cyrus Rumi, 2/6/08)

Namaste and peace to you all.
ps. Keep on sharing your wisdom with us all.

Jenni said...
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Jenni said...

Thank you for commenting, it's still nice! I love your pronouns the "I" surely is not a part of meditation... letting go into the "us"!

Jenni said...

This is where I started my journey with the sutras, Iyengars book, came to me a bit later, and the concept of how to work the sutras into my daily practice in teaching and in life, raised out of a trial and error process. When I started I just read and shared, to see how this format should unfold - I look forward to returning to these sutras of the first pada.