Yoga philosophy

Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga

Yamas (Restraints)
– Ahimsa (non-harming)
– Satya (non-lying)
– Asteya (non-stealing)
– Brahmacharya (of Brahma)
– Aparigraha (non-hoarding)

Niyamas (Observances)
– Soucha (cleanliness)
– Santosha (contentment)
– Tapas (zeal for yoga)
– Svadyaya (self-study)
– Ishvarapranidhana (surrender)

Asana (pose)

Pranayama (breath)

Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)

Dharana (intense focus)

Dhyana (state of meditation)

Samadhi (state of oneness)

I love yoga

When I was 16, my mother suggested we take a yoga class together at the Y.  I loved it.  She didn’t.  When the 6 weeks was over, they didn’t offer more, so I was through for a very long time.

In 2009, a very good friend got colon cancer and she asked me, as part of her support crew, to take her to some of her yoga classes at Cornucopia House.  It was great for both of us.  Sometimes, all she was able to do was stay in savasana for the whole class.  Sometimes, she was able to do all the poses.  I loved the classes; loved being supportive of her;  I met some very nice people.

After she was through with her treatments and in remission, I didn’t feel like it was fair for me to continue to use the resources of Cornucopia House.  There are sick people who need them.

I tried finding classes other places.  The gym I was a member of changed the yoga class they offered to Pilates.  The Y didn’t have yoga when it was convenient for me to get there.  A yoga instructor at the yoga school near work nagged me to work harder on a pose that was difficult in a semi-Pilates class  and I never went back.

Finally, I got a perfect storm of good stuff.  I have changed shifts at work so that I can get to classes during the day on weekdays and I found Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts.  I got a 5 class pass to try them out and liked all the teachers I encountered.  And immediately felt better.  I had a muscle spasm going on in my lower back that made me think I was developing a kidney stone which was gone after the first class.

So, I got a 6 month all-you-can-eat pass and I’ve been going 2 or 3 times a week.  Aiming for 3, but sometimes life has made it 2.

My body feels so much better.  My heart feels so much better.  I don’t understand why I had let this drift out of my life.  I am so glad it’s back.