By Jamie Koslowicz, RYT 500
For many of us, the new year is a time of reflection. We evaluate where we are and where we'd like to be. For many yogis, we begin to do this every time we step on the mat (do you see how powerful consistent practice would be!) and eventually this practice begins to happen off the mat, moment to moment and breath by breath. I have found two yogic concepts have been very helpful in the process of growth or transformation.
Abhyasa means consistent practice. The ability to keep going when it's hard or when things aren't going in the way we thought they would. The ability to jump right back on the bandwagon when we've fallen off. It's commitment to where we are going. Abhyasa is persistent effort that gives us lasting change.
To balance this effort, and equal in importance to abhyasa, is vairagya. Vairagya is the practice of non-attachment. It is the letting go of pain and pleasure that will no doubt lead our minds astray (if we are not aware of it). It's the ability to not be so attached to our path, that we get frustrated or angry when life doesn't go in the way we thought it would. It's the ability to let go of self-judgement when we haven't met our goals. It helps us to forgive "mistakes" or obstacles on our path. It allows us to go with the flow of human life.
Working in tandem the commitment (abhyasa)to our chosen path is what allows us to get there. The ability to let go of attachments(vairagya) allows for much less suffering on the journey.
1) like, appreciate, or understand
2) discover information after a search or investigation
3) bring out something that is hidden or has been stored for a long time
4) extract from the ground by breaking up and moving earth
The name for this yoga blog was inspired by the Rainer Maria Rilke’s quote:
“Dig into yourself for a deep answer.”
We live in the age of information. We have answers everywhere from Wikipedia, Google, You-tube and Trip Advisor. But as Rilke advises we must "dig" into ourselves for the "deep" answer. We may have to unearth a lot of obstacles before we discover our truths. But as yogis, we make the U-turn of awareness from the outside world to the inside world of thoughts, emotions and digging up conditioned patterns.
Our intention for this blog, is to help students with this process. As yogi’s, we are like archaeologists excavating tension and holding patterns within the body/mind.
Sri Sri Shankar writes, “I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your core is truth, light, love. There is no guilt, there is no fear there. Psychologists, or most people have never looked deep enough.”
Writings about asana (postures) will be rare, as there is much already written about that. We will explore concepts relating to the other limbs of yoga and other avenues to help students dig deep.