I have long been interested in myths, from the Irish Fairy Tales I grew up with, to the Greek Myths I read in high school, and presently the myths of the asanas.
Many of the asanas we practice everyday are named after an ancient yogic sage, a deity, or a sacred animal. There are many myths written around these that are rich with the teachings of yoga.
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Why myths? Myths are always relevant because really they are stories about us. By delving into emotions, spirit seeking, and illusions of the mind, myths give us a framework to explore the more mystical and spiritual sides of ourselves where story telling, intuition and experience provide more insight then facts. These stories are gateways into our own hearts and minds, with lessons that help us to navigate the sometimes difficult landscape of our lives. Lessons such as unconditional love, courage, the inevitability of change and self acceptance. For me, myths are just one of many ways to discover how our practice shows up off our mat and in our lives, which I find one of the most exciting parts!
Join me for the month of May as we explore the Myths of the Asana as we practice. Every week (Sunday 8am & Tuesday 6am) we will visit a different story, a different asana, and explore the relevance of it in our own lives on and off the mat. We will explore how hanuman asana (splits or ½ splits) inspires us to take a leap of faith, how the lotus teaches us to accept our own roots and find the beauty in our lives, and Shiva helps us to break down barriers and find joy in starting fresh.
Come to class with a water bottle, a towel and a playful curiosity, ready to have fun and of course move though your yoga practice. As always, all levels welcome.
This week we will explore the story of Hanuman, the monkey god, who required a great leap of faith, to cross a great sea in order to rescue the goddess Sita.
“People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
Joseph Campbell – The Power of Myth
Source: Kerri Neild – Westcoast Hot Yoga Teacher White Rock