Podcast #83 -- Matseyendranath, The Fish

Photo by Derek Pashupa Goodwin

Photo by Derek Pashupa Goodwin

"Once upon a time, the strong, wise, out-of-this-world God of Transformation Lord Shiva was sitting with his companion, the great Goddess Parvati. He was telling her about the methods of yoga he had just discovered. He talked for a very long time, not noticing Parvati was bored. After all, it was she who had designed the whole system of yoga in the first place and hardly needed to be lectured on it! As Shiva continued to talk, Parvati dipped her hand in the river and started to gracefully caress the water, making subtle ripples which went on to become waves. One fish recognized that something interesting was coming from the riverbank and swam over to check it out. That fish, whose name was Matsya, listened to Lord Shiva’s teachings with rapt attention. When Matsya asked him to repeat them again from the beginning, Shiva immediately agreed, not surprised in the least that Matsya was a fish."
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The sequence focuses on twisting postures and a belt is very helpful for this sequence, though it can be done without if you don't have one in your practice space.

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Podcast #81 - Range of Motion

Venturing into unknown territory can be confusing, scary, murky -- feelings of confusion, making mistakes, experiencing fear or uncertainty are all part of stepping outside of the known into the unknown.

This class is focused on lotus pose/padmasana. It is helpful to have a block available for this sequence.

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"Electrons" - Assef Al-Jundi

Electrons

Atoms within your body
spin.
What seems solid--
knees, nose, hair--
moves swiftly. Particles
orbit each other. Dart like meteors
through vast spaces.

Air about you
made of same.
You take from it
and you give.
Drawing in atoms and molecules
to form
your ever changing image.

Your lips move.
Your tongue speaks your name.
You take it on faith your words will make sense.
Meaning flows out effortlessly.

Electrons
skip like rocks on water
between your solid body
and your electromagnetic thoughts.
You look through a window.
Listen to voices from within and without.

Dazzled by what you perceive,
you wonder about causes and effects.

When a wave of love takes you by surprise,
your eyes well up with tears.

Assef Al-Jundi
From "The Space Between our Footsteps; Poems and Paintings from the Middle East."

 

Podcast #81 - Someone To Talk To

Communication is nourishment. We have to choose what kind of food we nourish our relationships with. The reading is from Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Art of Communicating."

This is a challenging twisting sequence, and its helpful if you have a yoga belt to work with (though you can certainly improvise without!)

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