Dharma & Urdhva Dhanurasana - This week's lesson plan 6/5/14
It was one of those weeks, it was hard to find inspiration until…I turned to my ultimate favorite yoga teacher's website and find Christina Sell's Live the Light of Yoga Blog. Christina wrote that instead of making yoga her life, she was making her life yoga! Now I've been living yoga this way for sometime, claiming that taking care of my family as my yoga! I have thrown in working with pranayama and lots of inversions to get through some challenging kid days as well! Christina has always given me the impression that her rationale is her forte in her character, and I admire that because she's always the witness of her consciousness. Being the conscious witness of your life is really living your yoga!
Christina's one statement had me contemplating dharma and how I choose to live it. Dharma, comes from "dhri", to support, hold up or bear." Dharma means "rightness, justice, goodness, purpose" and sometimes "duty". Dharma implies, "support from within: the essence of a living thing, it's virtue, that which makes it what it is." On a more personal level, your dharma is your reason for being alive. Should we blindly be led by our passion of our new found subject or should we slow down and figure out if there's something much deeper that motivates us? After all, if we are to sustain ourself, it has to be meaningful, and we have to have remembrance of it for those challenging times.
I have a desire to help people heal and discover that their self-realization is a recognition that they're perfectly whole and divine already. In the Anusara Invocation, we chant: "Niralambaya Tejase" meaning, "Independent in its existence, full of light, and always supporting me."
I find that my dharma is not the "What", but rather the "Why". Dharma always presents us with a choice. Dharma is never something somebody chooses for me nor is it random. My dharma may also change one day. I chose my dharma because it feels true, if it uplifts my spirit and if it promotes goodness in the world through a healing modality.
Theme: Dharma, discovering it and offering support for it
Apex: Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel)
UPA: Muscular Energy (2nd Principle)
Secondary Principle: S.I.T.O.
Your practice is like dharma, you didn't show up on your mat randomly
Yoga satisfies your deep desire to truly know yourself
Yoga stokes the fire within to discover your dharma
Your practice allows you to slow down to make conscious choices on your path
Sit quietly and comfortably. Let your breath become as expansive and as deep as the desire to live your dharma.
When you discover and live your dharma you will work hard, , and you will become stronger because of the work you do. No effort is ever wasted.
Off the Mat/Closing:
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, "It is better to serve in one's own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one's own dharma. But competition in another's dharma breeds fear and insecurity."
Allow yourself the opportunity to live your dharma. Surround yourself with positive thoughts, and people that support your dharma.
On inhalation, let the inner body expand and brighten. Open into the possibility of knowing your dharma
On exhalation, settle into the earth, letting mother earth nurture and support you on your path
Muscular Energy Dialogue:
Fully hug your muscles on all sides of your legs. building endurance for your journey
Draw from your ____, into [Focal Point] to bring steadfastness in your determination
From the periphery of your body, draw into the midline, being steadfast on your path
Inner/Expansive Spiral Dialogue:
Revolve the upper inseams of your thighs toward the midline, widening and broadening your pelvis to find freedom to live your dharma
Soften and roll your inner upper thighs inwards to the midline to find your duty
Outer Spiral/Contracting Spiral Dialogue:
Lengthen your tailbone earthbound, grounding yourself in your conviction in knowing your path
Radiate out from the [Focal Point], in all directions, sharing your dharma
Expand, from bone to skin, in the ___, finding your freedom to explore your dharma
Let your passion for your dharma, radiate form the midline of your authentic self
Let your feet and hands unite with the earth, and let it support you in your uplifting to live your dharma
Firm your legs on all sides, draw up from the earth into the core of the pelvis, hug shins towards the midline, with steadfastness while you widen your thighs
Strongly hold your shoulder blades on your back, supporting you on your path
Extend out from the core of your pelvis, and root your legs strongly down into the earth to propel your heart forward into your dharma
Supine, rolled blanket across and under bottom shoulder blades
*Tadasana, (lift one foot off floor for M.E.)
Utkatasana x 2 (first, block b/n shins)
Surya Namaskar A x 3 (once w/ block b/n shins)
Shoulder flossing w/ belt
Straight leg lunge, Parivrtta
3-leg AMS, Fire Hydrant, Anjaneyasana, Parivrtta Anjayneyasana w/ quad stretch
Cobra x 2
Vira 1, Parsvottanasana
Vira 2, Parsvakonasana
Setubandha Saravangasana x 2 (once w/ block b/n shins)
*Demo*Dhanurasana w/ blocks against wall under feet (modified: place hands by ears, come into bridge) x 3
Pigeon Prep, Parivrtta w/ quad stretch
Nothing like a good lesson plan to help me figure out my life! ;-) It is so therapeutic in more ways than one. Namaste.