He is the Teacher of all who have gone before, since
he is not limited by Time.
From the beginning, the Oversoul has been the Teacher of all souls,which, by their entrance into the Oversoul, by realizing their
with the Oversoul, have inherited the kingdom of the Light.
Oversoul is before Time, and Time, father of all else, is one of His
~ Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Book I: 25-27
Yoga, The Vanda Scaravelli Way - Part III
How to Get There
Begin by Connecting with the Body of the Earth . . .
As our primary resource, we connect with the body of the Earth. When
we truly ground ourselves by simply yielding our weight, we come
more and more deeply into this connection--with whichever body part
is touching the ground-- the feet, sitting bones, shoulders, arms,
etc. Ironically this is not something we "do" but rather something
we allow. There is no end to the depth of this surrender.
The natural downward pull of gravity not only sustains our
connection to the Earth, but also gives way to the resulting
upthrust of energy--the same upward flow of energy we observe in
nature, in everything that grows. We can find this very same action
in our own bodies, and it carries us into a feeling of boundless
joy, of soaring, effortless energy. This is the freedom that Vanda
speaks about, given as a gift of grace from Mother Earth. By simply
yielding to gravity, we can experience ripples or wavelike movements
releasing the spine and limbs. These ripples are carried upward by
the reciprocal energy waves of the earth, promoting a sense of ease
and wellbeing in the body and releasing our tension and stress.
The Earth itself supplies the upward flow of energy for this release
and movement, and that energy is carried through the body on the
vehicle of the breath.
. . . Continue by Finding and Working with Your Breath
As we drop our awareness into the ground, a quiet attention begins
to emerge, a connection to our deepest inner core. We find the
subtle inner waves of the breath and begin to sense their
relationship to the phenomena of release and movement in the spine
This breath awareness follows closely on the heels of conscious
groundedness. Can we allow each inhalation to be passive--just as a
newborn's first breath is a passive, involuntary event? Each
exhalation then becomes a dynamic affirmation of our aliveness--and
of our intention to take the softness of each release down into
gravity. Can we then respond to the upward surge of earth energy and
take it into expansion supported by the breath?
When we practice in this way, Yoga becomes much more than a focus on
alignment and form or on a defined pattern of movement. It becomes a
marriage of the inner with the outer being. The mystery of
connection to greater wholeness then comes to us as a gift. Emotions
quite naturally quieten. We begin to find firmness and centeredness
at the core of our being. The body, the mind, and the spirit are
transformed. And we blossom.
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