LIVING YOGA PHILOSOPHY
– WITH EMMA PALMER
NAVIGATING THE RIVER OF CHANGE
Life shows us each and every day how it can change in an instant, and sometimes without warning. At other times we can observe how we have teetered on the edge of impending change with a sense of trepidation as we behold the whirling rapids of the unknown.
Yet in our attempts to remain safe within walls of fear and resistance to the natural flow of life’s inescapable currents of impermanence, we miss the opportunity for being open to the portal of learning. Life’s only guarantee is that nothing ever stays the same, and while learning to trust and navigate the river of change isn’t always easy, it’s a teaching we must ultimately experience and come to reconcile whether we want to or not!
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
Patanajli refers to the teachings of impermanence and change in Yoga Sutra 2.15. This sutra relates to the awareness that suffering occurs due to our reactions to constant change, and not the change itself. There is however an essence of grace that reveals itself once we understand how to ride the current of life’s inevitable changes. Our breath is a powerful teacher that reminds us how life comes and goes; and it is the wisdom of flowing with the river of change that frees us from the chains of fear and anxiety.
Anxiety often presents itself when the nervous system intuits life’s impermanence, and the yogic teachings provide us with the tools to replace fear of this evanescence with faith and trust. If we allow them, change and impermanence have the power to open our hearts to live with more conviction and passion than ever before – fearless, open to the wonders yet to come and in welcome surrender from constantly trying to swim upstream.
“We are uncomfortable because everything in our life keeps changing – our inner moods, our bodies, our work, the people we love, the world we live in. We can’t hold on to anything – a beautiful sunset, a sweet taste, an intimate moment with a lover, our very existence as the body/mind we call self – because all things come and go.
Lacking any permanent satisfaction, we continuously need another injection of fuel, stimulation, reassurance from loved ones, medicine, exercise, and meditation. We are continually driven to become something more, to experience something else.” – Tara Brach
In the July 2018 instalment of our Living Yoga Philosophy series Emma will draw on the sacred teachings of Yoga as a compass for navigating the change we face in our everyday lives with a wise and open heart. We will explore the surrendering of our struggle against the tide and discover the wondrous opportunities of learning and wisdom that become available to us when we open ourselves to flow with the natural current of life.
It’s also your opportunity to delve more deeply into the concepts touched upon in last year’s Yoga Intensive on the River of Change, and further examine how we might apply the yogic principles introduced in Emma’s article published in Australian Natural Health Magazine which you can read here.
BRING YOUR YOGA TO LIFE
Date: Wednesday 25 July
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Moksha Yoga – 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
Standard Yoga Class prices apply – simply use your Moksha Block Pass/Unlimited Membership or $25 casual drop-in. See our Full Schedule & Price List for more pricing information and to book your place online, give us a call on (03) 9557 5885 or email us – email@example.com