Updated: Jan 16, 2022
This week in classes I am talking about Raga or Attachment. We are all attached to things. Some things we attach to inspire us- such as a physical asana practice or a close relationship with a family member or friend. These things we attach to will change over time. The physical body at 40+years in asana is not the same as it was in the 20's. If one attaches to the practice needing to be the same- suffering and possibly injury occurs. The challenge is to allow the practice to evolve and change to support the body as it is in any given moment without wishing it to be different. Relationships ultimately end when someone dies. This may be one of the most challenging aspects of attachment - how to grieve, honor and remember that part of physical life is death and the pure essence of any human lasts forever, Spirit just cannot stay permanently in form. This extreme example is one that truly tests our faith as spiritual beings- can I let go of that person and still be whole? How can I feel all the pain about the loss and not be washed away by it? I cannot answer that for you but I can suggest leaning into a Spiritual practice of talking to the Universe/Source/God. I personally work on clearing myself and giving all my pain over to something much larger than myself. This has supported me in times when I didn't think I'd ever see the light through all the darkness. Yoga philosophy teaches that true happiness lies within and anything that we attach to in the physical (food, sex, drugs, rock and roll) will only bring fleeting pleasure and keep us in a constant effort for grabbing things that don't truly nourish our Souls.
If this sounds interesting come explore this concept while moving and breathing with me this week. Details below on Tuesday's live class.