Essence of Yoga
Yoga is Bliss! Our yoga practice is meant to create unity and balance, while eliminating suffering and bringing us into a blissful state of consciousness!
Through our physical practice we use asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mudras (Hand gestures), dirishtis (focused gaze), dharana (attention control), dhyana (meditation) and restorative relaxation into Samadhi(enlightenment).
These distinct attributes of our yoga practice open energetic channels within the body, mind and spirit, sparking awakening, healing, growth and transformation.
It is within our gross body which is material/physical body and conscious, our subtle body which is feelings, thoughts and emotions and unconscious, and our causal body which is the celestial/ soul and subconscious that the encasements of our soul known as Maya Koshas can transcend the illusions of fear, guilt, blame and shame, relinquishing the layers of limitations into limitless freedom, know as pure bliss!
We have 7 encasements:
Annamaya Kosha - the physical body and our senses.
Pranayama Kosha - the energetic which bridges the body, mind and consciousness.
Manomaya Kosha - our mind which includes our thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Jnanamaya Kosha - our capacity for reasoning through the filters we choose to perceive.
Vijnanamaya Kosha - which creates our memories, also known as the image maker.
Chittamaya Kosha - is the image making of our experience and how we choose to process those experiences.
It is in this state of:
7. Anandamaya Kosha - we manifest space between each inhale and exhale. choosing to let go of the encasements, with eyes and hearts open to surrendering, able to see things as they truly are with acceptance and non-judgment.
This is bliss!!
The empowering unfoldment of enlightenment into freedom and total blissfulness is our gift when we come into our mats, with humility, compassion and respect. It is in this state of self realization that we no longer allow our BS to hold us back, as we overcome adversity reaching an awakened state of consciousness, blissfully soulful!!