When we tune into our own ‘bright energy’…..our own goodness…. we literally step into the current of our life purpose and we have an experience of ‘sarvam sukham” = everything is flowing.
Prakasha and Vimarsha
A great truth in the traditions of yoga: We are energetic, conscious beings with an unlimited creative power.
Consciousness = life, energy, Prana (prana = first form)
This creative power is tangible in the breath.
Nadi Shodna = sun and the reflective light of the moon
Pingala = sun ida = moon
Brings balance to mental, physical and emotional energy
Prakasa = the illuminative power of consciousness
pra = “to go forth”
kas = “to shine, to be brilliant, to be visable, to appear , to see clearly
prakasha = that which shines and radiates; illuminates, reveals and brings objects forth.
*Things appear within the light.
Tappas = to burn….zeal….enthusiasm
*the faster something vibrates the more heat there is…..heat generates light
Tejase = inner luminosity
Vimarsha = reflective awareness of consciousness, self-illumination
vi = “apart”; in 2 parts
mrs = to touch, to be sensitive, to be self-aware, to consider, to reflect, to examine
Vimarsha = we are literally bending back on ourselves to know ourselves…..how we can understand ourselves.
As a yoga teacher Prakasha is our Dharma (duty).
It is our duty to shine brightly on our students and illumine their innate beauty.
Samavesha = immersion into the highest light of our own Consciousness.
AMP UP YOUR LIGHT
pra kas sha = to go forth, shine brightly, and illumine all parts of ourselves
- Intend to let go of the state of contraction to the extent that you are able.
- Open to the greater presence of consciousness, light… energy, by softening your boundaries and be open to its touch and inspiration.
The primary experience of this is the breath
Invite the breath in….invite the LIGHT in
Engage the students with a question.
Where in your life would you like to bring in the light?
What would you life to see more clearly?
Enlightend = Contemplate on what we you experiencing….this is how we can rise to the full state of expansion (awareness).
Ideas for Integrating the Theme into Asana Practice
- Tappas….balancing effort and ease (sukha = ‘good sky’, su = good, kha = sky)
- Vimarsha …
Key Statements (Use key statements during quiet postures like downward dog, child’s pose and forward bend.)
We can use yoga postures to transmute restless energy, to settle down and become more still…..out of stillness insight comes…..things become more clear or there is a deeper understanding into a certain situation in life.
Yoga is an opportunity to look at our self or things in a different way….to perceive differently.
Through reflection upon our feelings and relationships we can recognize ourselves, have more self-understanding and self acceptance.
What we bring to our perception…..what we focus on…can transform objects, experiences and relationships.
We can use our sense perceptions to experience a oneness with life (universal consciousness).
When in doubt think scientifically: We are always moving around and turning towards the Sun / light.
Our bodies are like signal transmitters and receivers. We can tune into our own inner vibration…our own inner light….in each moment and have more clarity in our lives. (It is always easier to see when the light is on:)
Yoga is a practice that helps us to learn how to be skillful at moving towards our strengths…our talents, our gifts and individual expression of Divine Light….so that we can shine more brightly on the people in our life.
Work with the shape of Dhanurasana (bow), Urdvha Dhanurasana (wheel) throughout the class.
Make the postures more accessible with how the hand holds the foot. Hand to the outside of the ankle with the thumb down or hand to the inside of the ankle with the thumb up (be mindful of keeping the elbow soft).
Bring challenge by using a strap and taking the arms overhead to reach the foot.
Challenge Postures…All Variations of:
Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (http://www.yogajournal.com/?s=eka+pada+raja+kapotasana)
Cobra (bhujangasana), upward dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana), low lunge with back knee on the floor (anjaneyasana), warrior 1 (virabhadrasana), anjaneyasana with hand to opposite foot, side plank with knee down and a backbend top hand to foot, downward dog with opposite hand to foot (make sure the supporting foot in turned in a bit towards the midline), wild thing, anantasana (http://www.yogajournal.com/?s=anantasana)
Add in a few counter postures like:
Pyramid pose (intense side stretch pose) Parsvottanasana
Forward bend standing (uttanasana) and sitting (paschimottanasana)
Wide leg forward bend (prasarita padottanasana)
Wide led forward fold sitting (uphavistha konasana)
Child’s pose (balasana)
Supta balasana (lying down on the back child’s pose)
I hope you find a few useful ideas here.♥KW