Yoga is a “state” of being. When we talk about “practising” in the context of yoga, what is meant is that we are practising to both recognise and remove the impediments to living in a Yogic state. We practice certain disciplines and develop different methods of working in these disciplines to erradicte both the imdepiments and their causes. We practice to re-cognise finer and finer states of awareness to arrive into a life of peace and purpose.
The Yogic path is a life that is creative and responsive. It is a life of change and opportunity. It is a way of living that is measured by the timeliness and quality of our actions, and our experience of accountability for these actions.
The path is a way of life that is intimate with the ever changing forces of nature. Nature or Prakriti (all that changes) is the servant of Purusa. In our intimacy we learn and start to experience that there is something that is unchanging and eternal (Purusa). Life it seems, is mostly experienced as a journey of uncertainty and insecurity. This situation creates the causes of our unhappiness. Our practice equips us to glimpse the exquisite peace, space, openness and bliss that is the resonant harmony of mind, body, breath, time and space: the eternal present. This then is how we come to live life – within the ever changing situations that trigger our unhappiness we re-member the resonant harmony and we surrender to its expression. We live in accord with it.
Practically speaking, when we are stiff in our hips and hamstrings our knees and ankles are ‘punished’. At some stage it is better to be accountable/aware of how to work with our hamstrings and hips so that the knees and ankles are able to get on with their work. It’s also the case in twisting poses that people twist into the flexible areas of their spine and in doing so completely miss the area that needs to be ‘accountable’: we are slipping around a stiffness and there will be consequences.
Our yoga classes for children have been running for 4 years and some of the feedback we get from parents and also teachers is amazing and encouraging. Children experience stress for lots of different reasons and yoga helps them to 'discharge' it through physical movements and also through breathing exercises and meditation.
When we go camping, we sit in awe of the magnificence of the mountain, the oceans, the sky. We go there because we recognize that some thing changes within us when we sit quietly within the wonderment of nature. We say "I am different", "I am happier", "I am energized", "I am more content". When we practice yoga we learn to sit in the wonderment of our embodiment. It is our microcosm of the macrocosm of nature. We recognize that being in the power of our own presence is a practice of being at one with the forces of nature.