To All You Stand For

I hadn’t seen you for months; hadn’t seen you for so long that I couldn’t remember the last time.  Yesterday, I heard your voice before I saw you.  Behind the studio door, you sang to conclude the previous class.   Continue reading “To All You Stand For”

Where to

It’s almost a year since we had arrived to our first session together, on a Friday night.  We would spend together eight hours of most weekends over the next 5 months, but on that night, we were still strangers.

On that night, a year ago, I got there early.  The first people I met were Janet and Ashley.  They were likewise early.  The studio was closed, so we went around the block for a cup of tea.  The tea had spices in it. Continue reading “Where to”

2.1

(Image from the Yoga International article commenting on this sutra)

This sutra opens the second book of the Yoga Sutras.  The second book is about the practice.  This sutra describes “yogic action”.  In the few commentaries that I’ve read, “tapas” is translated as “discipline” or “austerity”, acknowledging that the root means “heat”, or perhaps “energy”.  “Svadhyaya” is “self-reflection”, or “self-study”, or “going inside oneself”.  “Iśvara” is too often translated as God or Lord, which is unfortunate, because it makes it too easy to dismiss (for me and a few folks I know anyway).

This sutra came up a couple of times in our teacher training.   Continue reading “2.1”