Move mindfully from the temporary to the eternal, the impure to the pure, the painful to the pleasurable, the non- self to your true Self in this week’s inversion practice at Lake Center Yoga.

On the surface level of life we can often feel disconnected and fragmented. Reconnect with the real YOU this week in classes at LCY reinforcing the importance of moving with mindfulness, integration and cohesion. We will use intelligent alignment in a slow flow culminating in a variety of inversions such as handstand, headstand and shoulderstand. There are variations of all of these to accommodate any body issues. We will integrate integrate Yoga Sutra 2.5 to support the theme of moving mindfully through our practice.

Yoga Sutra 2.5 says, “Ignorance is confusing the permanent, the pure and the bliss of the unlimited Self with the limited individual self.”

The Four major forms of ignorance of this are:

Seeing the temporary as eternal: For example, thinking that the earth and moon are permanent, or behaving as if our possessions are permanently ours, forgetting that all of them will go, and that our so-called ownership is only relative.

Mistaking the impure for the pure: For example, believing that our thoughts, emotions, opinions, or motives in relation to ourselves, some other person, or situation are purely good, healthy, and spiritual, when they are actually a mixture of tendencies or inclinations.

Confusing the painful to be pleasureful: For example, in our social, families, and cultural settings there are many actions that seem pleasure filled in the moment, only later to be found as painful in retrospect.

Thinking the not-self to be the true Self: For example, we may think of our country, name, body, profession, or deep predispositions to be “who I am,” confusing these with who I really am at the deepest level, the level of the eternal Self.

Come and experience the eternal, the pure, the pleasurable and your true self beyond the body this week at LCY!