Tag: mindfullness

The Yoga of Intimacy & Delight

It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you a selection of the beautiful Yukti verses (yoga meditation practices) from the ‘Radiance Sutras’, a book by Lorin Roche, over the coming months. The poetic renderings of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra explore 112 gateways to the yoga of wonder and delight.  Through my own studies and practises, I’ve come to feel and understand through first-hand experience the nondual nature of life or existence; there is no separation. We are all intimately connected, and this connection can be experienced as we learn to feel and meet life from our heart, connect being to being, essence to essence. This beautiful book invites us to connect to the divine within and around us through everyday experience. My invitation is to listen to each verse and notice how it lands in the body; feel into your truth and notice how you meet yourself, others, and the world around you. 

Verse one

The one who is intimate to all beings replies, 

Beloved, your questions require the answers that come through direct living experience. 

The way of experience begins with a breath, such as the breath you are breathing now. 

Awakening into luminous reality may dawn in the momentary throb between any two breaths.  

Exhaling, breath is released and flows out. 

There is a pulse as it turns to flow in. 

In that turn, you are empty. 

Enter that emptiness as the source of all life. 

Inhaling, breath flows in, filling, nourishing. Just as it turns to flow out, there is a flash of pure joy – 

Life is renewed.

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You can also listen here.

Take care and go gently,

Gx

Dipping cloth into dye

I love Erich Schiffmann’s book ‘YOGA The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness’. He speaks in a way that resonates truth: his words feel familiar and comfortable to me, like a favourite jumper. I share with you a piece I particularly enjoy. It is about awareness, connection and presence; the benefits of a mindful, ongoing yoga practice.

“Deliberately be still. Close your eyes, relax and breath, be aware, and consciously experience your present moment of conscious awareness. Immerse yourself in your own unique feeling-tone. Feel you. Bask in the exquisite experience of being alive, of conflict-free high energy peace, and become thoroughly familiar with the core tone of who you are.

This is like dipping cloth into dye.  Each dip of the cloth strengthens the cast of the dye and enhances the colour. Here, however, you are dipping yourself into you. You are experiencing you. Each time you do so, you become more you; that is, your sense of the authentic you is enriched. Each dip into the silent experience of you washes away more false ideas, which enables the real you to shine forth more clearly to yourself and others; that is, your sense of the authentic you is enriched.”

We can find this connection to self when we rest in savasana, as we hold a posture, or sit in meditation. When we hold our thread of awareness throughout the practice, it becomes more about the feeling, tone and experience of the yoga. We find an inner stillness that enables our authentic self to the rise to the surface of our awareness and into the light.

This thread of awareness can be observed and experienced on many levels. I invite my students to notice:

1. Any sensations or feelings from the physical body

2. The quality of the breath

3. The state of mind

4. An overall feeling or tone that permeates the entire being

How wonderful it is to take the time within your practice to truly observe, to be fully present; to be witness to the amazing changes that are taking place moment to moment. The opportunity to know yourself in truth, beauty and peace.

In practice, I find patience and peace 

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