Yesterday at the Immersion was a really fun day. In our asana practice we focused on adjusting the inner body and then the outer body which opened up another domain of awareness and attention for everyone. We kept joking that why, here at the very end, now that we know how to do the UPA's, are we adding yet another thing to manage? ("Yes, Christina," they asked, "why are you making us beginners again?") Well the thing is that the practice makes us beginners all the time. We are always beginners to some domain of practice. But we are no longer beginners to practice itself and so we should be more and more comfortable and able to deal with who and how we are in the face of new challenges. (Oh yes, this is me, in the face of new information that I am not good at yet. I am frustrated, angry, impatient and yet, curious, willing to try and inspired. Or whatever/however you are in such a situation.)
I was so impressed because everyone just took to the work so well and the quality of attention and care brought to the endeavor was really stellar. We have really come a long way as a group.
Craig's talk was interesting, I thought. I enjoyed his foray into mantra and his comments on the yoga journey. He talked a fair amount about the Three Vedic Bodies. The Physical Body, the Astral Body and the Causal Body. He spent a fair amount of time dispelling many popular new age notions about the chakras and their application relative to yoga therapy. Basically the rap is that you cannot really work on the chakras through external means. They exist in the causal body and usually it is not so much a chakra that needs any work. They are simply something through which energy manifests and so really more work is to be done on the physical body and the astral body. He was pretty adamant that he disagrees with that notion that if your stomach hurts it is an upset in the manipurna chakra and so on. More likely he said, it is something in your diet or emotions causing the disturbance. The chakras themselves are not so changeable.
Anyway- he is a great person and fun to listen to and be around. He is giving a 6-week course at YogaYoga on Thursday nights and if you haven't signed up, you really should. It will be awesome and their are only a few spots left.
Okay- today we have the last day of this particular segment of training, which is really exciting. Then a fabulous meal to enjoy together at the Clay Pit. It is going to be great.