Happy Mindful Monday, friends! Wow have we been blessed with some beautiful spring-like weather these last few days! Such is nature and such is life, right? We never know what’s coming our way – well, sometimes the weatherman does actually get it right! – all we can do is make the very best of whatever life brings us. Our yoga practice keeps us in tip-top shape physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – so that we have all the tools that we need at our disposal to truly seize each moment as it arises!
We’ve been covering Ashtanga yoga – the eight limbed path of yoga. Below is a quick recap of the previous seven limbs that we’ve discussed.
Yamas – the guidelines for social behavior: clean your home
Niyamas – self-disciplines: reverence for your home
Asanas – yoga poses: start to settle into your home
Pranayama – breath control, life energy: animate your home
Pratyahara – the withdrawal of external senses, to rest in your home.
Dhyana sets the stage for Samadhi, which means harmony, “to bring together, to merge.” Here, subject and object merge as one. This eighth and final stage of yoga brings on super conscious awareness. One loses a sense of “I” and enters this Samadhi state where the meditator, the process of meditation and the object of meditation becomes one. Samadhi is actually a series of states and experiences. Yoga Sutras describes various types of samadhis. One has to go through the different types of this Samadhi experience. Finally the practitioner reaches the highest stage of illumination called ‘Dharma Megha Samadhi’, which liberates the practitioner from all limitations of body and mind.
This identity without differences is a liberated soul that enjoys pure awareness. The mind and the intellect have stopped and there is only the experience of truth and unutterable joy. Which is the ultimate aim of our yoga practice.
Dear friends, wishing you a lovely week filled with mindfulness and increased awareness of all things.
Annica! Annica! Annica! Be happy! Be happy! Be happy!