Nava Yoga Newsletter: May 2-8, 2016

Namaste Dear Friends,

To avoid confusion, we’ve decided to list all of the week’s classes instead of just the classes for which the instructor may alternate. To this end, this week’s classes include:
Hatha Yoga w/ Greg @ 1:30–2:45PM
Yoga for Men w/ Greg @ 5:30–6:30PM
Yin Yoga w/ Julie 6:45–8:00PM
Gentle Yoga w/ Julie @ 4:30–5:30PM
Vinyasa Flow w/ Julie @ 6:00–7:00PM
PWYC Express Flow w/ Greg @ 12–12:45PM
Hatha Yoga w/ Greg @ 5:30–6:45PM
Meditation (Pre-registration required) w/ Sarah @ 7:00–8:00PM
Slow&Steady – CANCELLED
Intro to Yin w/ Dawne @ 4:30–5:30PM
Vinyasa Flow w/ Greg 5:45–7:00PM
Stretch&Unwind w/ Dawne @ 12:00–1:00PM
Morning Flow w/ Dawne @ 11:15–12:30PM
Last week we examined the five types of thoughts ( i.e., correct knowledge, erroneous understanding, verbal delusion, sleep, and memory) and identified correct knowledge to be the only useful thought for liberation.
This week’s sutras examine the practice of regulating the thoughts.
(Chapter 1, Sutras 12–14)
12. abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhaḥ
13. tatra sthitau yatno bhyasaḥ
14. sa tu dirgha kala nairantarya satkara sevito dṛḍhabhumiḥ
12. Their mastery (i.e., the vrttis) occurs by practice and non-attachment.
13. Continuous effort to keep them perfectly restrained is called practice.
14. Practice becomes firmly grounded by long constant efforts with great love (for the end to be attained).
These three sutras are some of my (Greg) favourite because they remind me of the humanity of the practice. It’s not meant to be an academic exercise in which one remains in the head to spiritualize away everything that comes up. Rather, it can be a very gritty, often frustrating, and feeling-filled process that involves diligence and non-attachment.
Non-attachment (vairagya) is central to the practice because it allows us to move away from the past and to bear witness to the process rather than judge, condemn, or shame it. This is vital because it allows us to really sit with ourselves in the midst of everything that will arise.
I absolutely love the notion that practice becomes firmly grounded in the presence of “great love”. Again, for me it speaks volumes to the humanity of the practice. Undoubtedly, there will be a level of frightening vulnerability as we proceed through the practice and challenge who we think we are. However,  it is exactly this unknowing that gives rise to the space in which our natural state of joy, delight, and love is expressed. And without question, the practice and its unfoldment requires great self care and love.
Baddha Konasana A (aka: bound angle pose, cobbler’s pose, butterfly pose)
••• a seated posture in which both feet draw in toward the groin as the knees draw down toward the floor. Either the soles of the feet press together as the hands clasp the toes or the fingers wrap on top of the feet as the thumbs wrap under the ball of the big toe to open the feet.
In the “A” version of this posture the spine is lengthen from the tailbone as the chin drops toward the chest. The torso folds forward from the hips as the chin is released to the floor. (Of note, the “B” version of baddha konasana involves flexion of the spine such that the forehead approaches the feet.)
The most common alignment problem with baddha konanasa A is to prematurely round the back and collapse the lower spine in an effort bring the chest closer to the floor. Please speak with your instructors regarding other types of alignment problems with this posture and safe modifications for your body type.
Om Namah Shivaya

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