MODULE FOUR : RELATIONSHIP
Let’s review what we’ve discovered and explored so far in the course:
We are multi-dimensional beings. We are body, energy, senses, intellect, spirit. We are made up of space, air, fire, water, and earth. We live in a world of change—a world ever shifting as the energies of movement, balance, and inertia play their games. We cannot stop change, but we can direct its course in our lives. We must deal with the consequences of our past actions, but we have the ability to transform our future actions. We are people who work and play, who love and loathe. We seek pleasure and hope to avoid pain. We were born. And we will one day die. In between we live. And the practice of yoga can help us live with intention, meaning, and mystery.
In this course we have explored big questions (and some of the answers given through the tradition of yoga):
- Who am I?
- Both purusha and prakriti
- What causes suffering?
- Ignorance of our purusha (and the ego, attachment, aversion, and fear that arises from this ignorance)
- What’s the purpose of the world?
- We are part of the world—a reality that allows us both experience and liberation
- What is yoga in action?
- Discipline, self-study, and humility (surrender to something higher)
- These three aspects together constitute Kriya Yoga, which is the heart and soul of yoga
This month we turn our attention to the nitty-gritty—to the tools and techniques of yoga practice. We begin our study of the 8-limbs of yoga practice with limb one and two… All about relationship.
The Heart of Yoga chapter 11
Yoga Sutras 2.28-45
I also recommend the book The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele and pages 7-16 in Donna Farhi’s book Yoga Mind, Body, & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness
Click the link above to download this month’s 6-page packet:
- An art piece that you can hang somewhere (the fridge or bathroom mirror maybe…) to help keep this month’s focus in your awareness.
- Yama Cards! My intention is that you can print these on card stock, cut them into individual cards, and make personal notes on them.
- Niyama Cards! Choose one yama or niyama every day and keep the card with you throughout the day. How do notice the principle showing up in your attitude, behavior, thoughts, and actions throughout the day?
- An art piece for the Great Vow. I hope you bring this question into your daily noticing practice.
- A pratipaksa bhavanam practice (you’ll want to have this printed before you begin this month’s practice.)
- Cultivating the opposite journal page (you’ll want to have this printed before you begin this month’s practice.)
This recording includes call and response with the SahaNa mantra.
This recording offers the context in which the 8-limb path of practice shows up in the 2nd chapter of the Yoga Sutras.
This recording offers more of an introduction to the yamas and niyamas. You’ll want to have your packet printed before listening as I refer to a couple of the pages.
This live teaching includes call and response chanting of sutras 2.30 and 2.32. You might want to have the yama / niyama art piece from your packet to look at for reference while chanting.