Nava Yoga Newsletter: Oct 31–Nov 6

Namaste Dear Friends,

Happy Halloween! This week marks a transition week before we enter the next 6-week registration period, which begins Sunday, Nov 6th with Restorative Yoga with Julie and Core & Back with Leanne. All of these week’s classes include:

Yoga for Men w/ Greg @ 5:30–6:30PM
Meditation w/ Sarah T @ 8:00–9:30PM (Registration closed – course is full)

Vinyasa Flow w/ Julie @ 5:30–6:30PM

Hatha Yoga w/ Greg @ 5:30–6:45PM
Intro to Yoga w/ Greg @ 7:00–8:00PM

Morning Flow w/ Greg @ 10:00–11:15AM

Restorative Yoga w/ Julie 3:30–4:45PM
Core & Back w/ Leanne 5:15–6:30PM

any-comfortable-seated posture
••• this week’s pose is any comfortable sitting posture for your body-mind system at this time: sitting in a chair, on the couch, on the floor, in the bath, etc.

Last week we introduced the eight limbs (ashtanga) of yoga that lead to Self-realization. This week we’ll explore the first limb, yamas, in greater detail.

(Chapter 2, Sutras 30–31)
30. The yamas consist of non-injury, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-coveting.
31. These are the great universal ethics not limited by social structure, location, time or circumstances.

The yamas are ethical disciplines that the yogi adopts for mental health. As principles of right relationship, the yamas constitute injunctions common to every religion. As David Frawley notes, no creature ever wants to be harmed, lied to, sexually abused, stolen from or have their possessions coveted by others.

Non-injury or violence to others must be avoided, whether in thought, word or deed, physical, emotional, etc. Truthfulness, with both oneself and those around them, maintains harmony through trust. However, in the Bhagavad Gita Krishna advises that it is better to be silent than to tell a truth that will cause pain (or that springs from a wrong motive), which relates to the non-injury principle. The traditional view of continence, or sexual abstinence, holds that it is necessary for rapid progress on the spiritual path because it is so very powerful. Modern interpretations of continence view it in terms of moderation in all base desires, including over-eating, drinking, etc. Acquiring/coveting possessions often have strings attached and tend to make the owner dependent as they must expend energy and time to care for them. The yogi who owns and desires nothing is free.

Om Namah Shivaya


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