I am excited. This episode goes super-deep into the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Deep into the dark crannies of the third chapter, Vibbhuti Pada, which primarily explores the siddhis, or weird powers/effects/symptoms/stuff, that can arise. Yoga gets weird. Truly.
The Yoga Sutras, as we have discussed before, are a text that describe both the state of being that is yoga (yogah chitta vritti nirodhah) and the practices that might bring us in to that state of being. (More information on the Yoga Sutras here.) The third chapter describes the loopy, psychedelic states we might find ourselves in with Samyam, or perfect concentration. The sutra we unravel in this particular class is chapter 3, sutra 28, traditionally translated as “By perfect concentration (Samyama) on the pole-star, we know the movement of the stars.” I very much enjoy Matthew Remski’s interpretation: “Meditating on the north star reveals how we move.”
In this class, we pull this esoteric practice into our daily lives: by paying attention to the things that are (somewhat) constant, we notice how change is constantly happening. Watching the moon, making coffee, tucking our kids into bed– all of these things that we do countless times in our lives become the north star by which we can observe objective changes as well as our responses (physical, emotional, mental) to those changes.
The weirder side of practice is real and rarely talked about in class. I’m putting together a resource page for supporting ourselves and each other when our practice gets strange. There are some wonderful Buddhist resources on the topic that I will share here.
One of my favorite yoga bloggers, Angela Jamison, has thoughtfully shared her experiences with the subtle realm for many years. I am so grateful for the depth of her sharing.
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Adho Mukha Svanasana// Downward-facing dog pose
Virabhadrasana II// Warrior 2 Pose
Prasarita Padottanasana// Wide-legged forward fold
Utthita Parsvakonasana// Extended Lateral Angle with Opposite Reach
Anahatasana + asymmetry
Uttanasana// Standing forward fold
Ardha uttanasana// Half-way lift
Virabhadrasana III// Warrior 3 Pose
Ardha Chandrasana// Balancing Half-Moon Pose
Supta pascimottanasana// Reclining Westward-Facing Stretch
Supported happy baby//
Reclining hip-rolls// Super ease-filled
Savasana// Corpse pose// Rest