Join us this week at Lake Center Yoga and move beyond identification with your fluctuating consciousness to stay established in your own true splendor via Yoga Sutra 1.4 and a focus on purifying twisting poses and quieting forward bending poses!
Yoga Sutra 1.4 vrtti sarupyam itaratra
The natural tendency of consciousness is to become involved with the object seen, drawing us towards it, and moving us to identify with it. We then become engrossed in the object. This becomes the seed for diversification of our intelligence and makes us forget our own radiant awareness. When the soul does not radiate its own glory, it is a sign that the thinking faculty has manifested itself in place of the soul.
This week in we’ll access Twisting and Forward Bending poses along with this sutra as the theme and the breath to purify and empty out the colorings of the imprints of objects of perception. The whole technique of yoga, its practice and restraint is aimed at dissociating consciousness from its identification with the phenomenal world, at restraining the senses by which it is ensnared and at cleansing and purifying the lens of the mind until it transmits wholly and only the light of the soul.
Benefits of Twisting and Forward Bending Poses
Twisting poses provide an abundance of benefits. There are physiological benefits to the circulatory system and internal organs, structural benefits to the musculoskeletal system, and focusing benefits to your consciousness. Twisting poses act as a squeeze and soak action to the organs which are compressed during a twist, pushing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. When we release the twist, fresh blood flows in, carrying oxygen and the building blocks for tissue healing. From the physiological standpoint, twists stimulate circulation and have a cleansing and refreshing effect on the torso organs and glands.
Forward bends create length and space in the spine counteracting compression and their inward nature can promote introspection. Forward bends can help us dissolve patterns so we can uncover fresh ways of looking and experiencing ourselves to cultivate a deeper, richer yoga practice. Forward bends stretch the hips, hamstrings and calves. They strengthen the thighs and knees, reduce stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue, calm the mind and soothe the nerves. They relive tension in the spine, neck and back, activate the abdominal muscles, stimulate the kidneys, liver and spleen, ease menopause symptoms and help lower high blood pressure.
Join us and give your body and mind a Summer Detox via Yoga Sutra 1.4, Twisting and Forward Bending poses in class this week at LCY!