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Leanne Kitteridge's adventures in Yoga

Let Love Rule June 27, 2008

Filed under: Anusara,Japan,travel yoga,yoga — shibuiyoga @ 1:21 pm
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Day 2 Immersion

Are you ruled by your heart or your mind? Do you see difference in things or do you see the unity? John’s lecture today was a fusion of  a few key teachings. The “One” , the absolute becomes two. The heart and the mind. The mind sees difference- it categorizes, it is discriminating. The heart sees unity- it sees the connection between things.

I was trying to puzzle this out from John’s earlier lecture. He said the One was like light. The light shines through a prism ( maya) and becomes this group of colors.  It looks like different colours to us but really it is just one light. In the relative world though we see colours. We gives them names: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple. The mind sees red , green, yellow etc. The heart …I believe….sees a rainbow. I have to see if this analogy works but I kind of like it.

In Anusara we can get very analytical and live in our heads. We can get wrapped up in all the technical parts of the Universal Principles but then it no longer becomes Anusara. When you are in your mind you are are not truly in the flow. To remember the meaning you have to be in your heart. It is the big picture- to see that we are all from the same source and we are all connected. 

I think John was big on the heart and mind lecture because we all do tend to get wrapped up in the details- even in everyday life. We had to discuss and learn alignment detail today but he didn’t want us to lose the bigger picture. 

We went through matching up the 5 elements with the 5 principles: Open to Grace- sky, Muscular Energy- earth, Inner Spiral- water, Outter Spiral – fire, Organic Energy- air. Each Principle then takes on the quality of the elements- ie. inner spiral is water- is it accommodating and accepting and it moves down. Therefore inner spiral helps move energy down the body- you feel more grounded. We then practiced this way using each of the elements in a pose. I have done this before but it was a great review and reminder. Much of what John says is not new material to me but it seems to go deeper every time. i pull new nuances out of the material and become clearer on the teachings. Being with John is like this big hit of energy , of shakti, and he takes you back to the basics in the best way. He helps take you back to the path of the heart.

I practiced with the merry band again at lunch and tried out ekapada rajakopatasana 4 . I am learning how to drop back into urdva dhanurasana. I am not afraid- just not so bendy! The rest of the group were doing sirsasana to dwi pada backbends and I played with that a bit but without an assist I chickened out! I mean- sometimes we are fearful for good reason. I am pretty sure my upper back isn’t ready for that….

I did a demo today which was fun- I don’t get so freaked out anymore. I am trying hard to “let go” a little more- I spent so long getting strong that now I need to soften a bit more. I had some great help this afternoon from Marc in pincha- balanced on my own in pincha and handstand too. He has the best vibe and I was so sad to see him leave this afternoon. I will miss him and I am looking forward to when our paths will cross again. Kelly gave me some geat tips in my drop back as well and I have hope that one day that will come naturally. Lots to work on when I get home. (You better get ready Lauren!)

Some members of the merry band had dinner together and I had a really nice chat with Yasushi Tanaka who is with Studio Yoggy, John’s translator, and only certified teacher in Japan. He has a lovely sense of humour and we have not really ever had the chance to chat. It was a great treat.

One last day to go. Practice all day and then a dharma talk with John on wabi-sabi after class tomorrow. I am still having the best time but I am feeling the pull to home and my family. When I am in my heart, I am with them.


3 Responses to “Let Love Rule”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Oh, I’m ready Leanne……I can’t wait to practice with you and get all the juicy details. I wish I was there. The sun has finally started to come out, so it should be a good weekend. Christina starts on tuesday and I manifested $500 to go…..so I’m doing that all week and seriously looking forward to a week of training, especially with Christina. Enjoy the last couple of days and I so look forward to talking when you get home.
    love and hugs,

  2. Mindy Says:

    I like the analogy. Does that mean that you shouldn’t have both balanced or to be totally from the heart? My analytical brain of course is having difficulty with this one?

    See you soon Beaker.

    Love ya,

  3. shibuiyoga Says:

    Great question! I asked John a little more about this today. We need to be able to see both. The mind sometimes needs to be discriminating and needs to focus on one point , but the heart must always keep the big picture there. We don’t want to get so myopic that we no longer even know why we are doing something.
    It’s about serving the whole- it’s about knowing why we do things, not just how we do them. That’s why I love this form of yoga- we try to always keep in mind the why- it makes it so much more meaningful and rich. It’s not just doing a bunch of poses like simple simon. I hope that helps MIndo!
    beaker :>

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