Be careful what you wish for – late February newsletter

As you can remember my new year resolution was not to make any resolution but just sustain my practice.As February came along and the challenges increased in “just” sustaining I decided to evoke Vishnu qualities into my practice. Vishnu being the sustainer of the creation … oh boy, did I need his powers this month! Vishnu, in the picture, is painted resting on Shesha, the serpent that holds the plans for the universe. He is riding the waves of the ocean of consciousness and in his 4 arms he holds the Conch, The Chakra, A mace and Lotus flower. From his belly button grows a lotus flower. These are his attributes. A Mace, Kaumodaki – Vishnu power to destroy materialistic and demonic tendencies. It is the spiritual power within us to uplift from the materialistic bonds.The conch, named Panchajanya, represent the five elements of the world – earth, water, fire, air and space. The sound of the conch is the primeval sound of Oum – the five elements unifying into the universal sound.The Chakra, Sudarshana – a sharp spinning weapon symbolizing the purified mind. Su=good Darshana=vision -> superior vision, the kind of vision one gets by distracting the ego, burning away ignorance and illusion.The Lotus, Padma – represent the spiritual liberation. The lotus opens his petals in the light of the sun representing our awakening to the light of consciousness and divine truth - Satya. He has two earrings representing the opposites in life: knowledge and ignorance, happiness and suffering, pleasure and pain. His companion is Lakshmi, always siting at his feet. Lakshmi is the symbol of Sri (beauty) and prosperity. His vehicle of transportation is Garuda, the eagle. When he is riding on his back it symbolize the power of the divine soul carried by the divine wisdom – a recipes for success.Of course we can go on and on in breaking down the very details of Vishnu’s symbolism and his avatars but in our practices we aim to hold him as a whole to help us evoke and sustain our spiritual practice. We connected Vishnu qualities into the breath. The breath that is both voluntary and non-voluntary. It sustain our life and we can control our mind by deepening and softening the breath. Suggested home practice:

Asana: Grudasana – the eagle pose Place a block next to your right footBend both knees and cross your left leg over your right. You can either wrap the foot around your right leg or place the tows on the block.Inhale your arms to the sides, flapping your wingsExhale left under right cross your armsStay here for 3 breathsInhale coming out of the pose.Pranayama: equal length breathing Sit comfortablyBreath in for 3-5 countsHold the breath for the same lengthExhale and pose at the bottom of the breath for the same amount of countsRepeat for 5-10 roundsMake sure the breath is soft! Don’t get to the point of gasping for air. If needed shorten the duration of all stages, we are about sustaining our practice not about reaching for gold medals.

Schedule:Tuesdays 12:30pm open level World Yoga CenterWednesdays 7:00am early bird open level at World Yoga Center Sub’s at the JCC - so stay tuned via Facebook for notifications I still have some opening for privates as well. Privates are a great opportunity to go deeper in the practice, either to challenge yourself or overcome an injury. Contact me Yoga@BenReuven.comWishing March newsletter will come earlier than later.Namaste Yael

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