I. Am. Enough.

Samtosad anuttamah sukha labhah
–Yoga Sutra 2.42

Contentment brings supreme happiness–so translates Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.42.  This contentment (santosha) is the result of being just as we are, without going to outside things for our happiness.  Things come, and we let them come.  If they do not, it does not matter.  Letting go of attachments allows us to rest in the here and now, content, not living in the past and not anticipating the future.  In this way, it could be said, we walk the middle way.

When we review those occasions when we have been truly happy, “…we shall almost certainly find that they had one characteristic in common.  There were times when, for this or that reason, we temporarily ceased to feel anxious; when we lived–as we so seldom do–in the depths of the present moment without regretting the past or worrying about the future.”  [Christopher Isherwood]

Practicing santosha actively in our lives requires a certain amount of willingness to enjoy exactly what each moment brings, no matter how it arrives or what it contains.  Peace of mind can never be dependent on external circumstances, which are always changing in ways beyond our control.  It is easy to practice santosha when things are going well.   But, if we are able to be content when things are difficult, then we are truly free.

We practice santosha in small ways on our mats, by accepting what our practice looks and feels like, just as it is, on any given day.  Daily, hourly, even moment to moment, we continuously practice letting go of the past.  As my teacher puts it, “Hold close the yogic premise that whatever we have in the present moment is enough.”

A mantra practice to try anywhere, anytime:  Breathe in, “I am.”  Breathe out, “Enough.”

See you on the mat!

Harvest time!

Namaste my fellow yogi/yoginis!

My favorite time of the year is just around the corner–Fall!  It is the perfect time to contemplate how prosperity is manifesting in your life right here, right now.   The universe, your physical body, your mental thoughts, the objects and people that surround you, abundance both given and received, are energy bound in different forms.  This month we will be exploring prosperity and abundance, both physically and energetically, via our hips and mantra.

Mantra is a repeated word or phrase that is meaningful or sacred to the practitioner.  Mantra can elevate or modify consciousness, through meaning, sound, rhythm, tone, and reflexology of the tongue against the palate of the mouth.  Mantra helps us connect with, and embody, positive, meaningful, or sacred energy.  One of my favorite mantras we will be working with this month is “Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha.”  This mantra invokes the energy of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings.  Ganesha helps clear the way for success and abundance to flow more readily in our lives.  Below is a brief video clip of me working with this particular mantra.  And, just in case you were wondering–after watching the clip–mantra can also be silent!  Chanting or singing out loud is always optional.

See you on the mat!