Tomorrow starts off our first week of FREE classes at Rainier Beach Yoga with sold out classes (there is still room in Thursday’s 5pm class though. Sign up here)!
Inspired by The Samarya Center, where I did a teacher training and yoga therapy training, we will have a focus of the month, a topic to anchor our minds, bodies and hearts in the practice. The Sanskrit word yoga translates to union or to yoke, and it is about bringing the different parts of ourselves together. According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali yoga is the stilling of the mind. In the Bhagavad Gita 4 paths of yoga are offered: Raja Yoga (the path of meditation or the Royal path), Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion), Karma Yoga (the path of action or service) and Jnana Yoga (the path of wisdom). Then there is Hatha Yoga, the physical practice that most of us are familiar with (all the different physical styles that we practice from Astanga to Kundalini to Vinyasa to Hot fit under the Hatha yoga umbrella).
Finally, there is our own personal relationship to yoga. What brought you to the practice? What keeps you coming back? How has yoga benefited your life? Has it harmed you? What are your intentions for your practice now? They may be different then when you started. If you are just getting started, these can be interesting questions as you take your first steps on the journey of yoga.
I would love to see you on the mat as we dive more deeply into the definition (both from the texts and from our personal stories) of yoga this month.