I struggled this morning as many others did in this city I call home. Reading the news about the shooting in the community I have worked in over five years was surreal, the further I read I kept waiting for the line where they would say it just wasn’t true. I also had to lead the final day of Level 4 today at the YogaFit studio, only a few blocks away from where this madness and devastation occurred. My pre-planned theme for this day was Oneness: Dissolving the Barriers to Oneness. All I could think of was how was I going to present this when I feel so far away from this concept. (This is also why we call it yoga practice.) As much as I was struggling, I also believe this is what is needed to help move through the shock and fear that I am feeling. Am I still angry? Yes most absolutely, and I expect to be for a while. I will also continue to come to my mat.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
“This is the great theme of the Vedanta, the Oneness of life, this Oneness of everything. We shall see how it demonstrates that all our misery comes through ignorance, and this ignorance is the idea of manifoldness, this illusory separation between one human being and another, between one nation and another. Vedanta says this separation does not exist, it is not real. It is merely apparent, on the surface. In the heart of things there is Unity. If you go below the surface, you will find this Unity between all human beings and races, high and low, rich and poor. If you go deep enough all will be seen as only variations of the One.”
– Swami Vivekanda, Pathways to Joy
When the tranquil mind attains purity equal to that of the Self there is Absoluteness.
– Sutras of Patanjali 3:56
I generally do partner work followed by inversions at the wall. I also think this theme would work very well with a quiet Yin practice.
: No fear
(fingers together, palm outstretched)
Mantra: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om is the name of that inside me which is aware of the Oneness of all things
I always begin this class in a seated meditation holding the no fear mudra with my right hand and cin mudra with my left (thumb and index finger together). I use Deva Premal’s version of the mantra above. Though i think it would work equally well at the end of class too.
We Are One