ॐ य आत्मदा बलदा
यस्य विश्व उपासते प्रशिष्म यस्य देवाः I
यस्य छाया अमृतं यस्य मृत्यु:
कस्मै देवाय हविषा विश्वेम II
God, by whom His fractions are dwelling in all beings in the form of soul, and
by whom the life force (Pranas) is flowing in all bodies, in whose praise the
enlightened ones have been composing mantras, and by Whose support all beings attain immortality as well as death, we must realize that God and worship Him.
This past weekend over 20 students participated in a workshop on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In addition to learning the great wisdom contained in this yogic scripture, everyone also had the opportunity to learn and practice asanas as well as cleansing techniques, like neti and vaman. Pranayama, mudras, and bandhas, practices less commonly practiced in the U.S., were also discussed and practiced.
Above all, students walked away knowing more about the true purpose of Hatha Yoga, which is preparation for higher consciousness. While yoga is commonly thought to be a practice for the body, we wee reminded that we are not merely seaking the freedom from diseaeses but the freedom from the bondage and the waverings of the mind.
The scripture proved to be full of information, and we will likely be studying it in even more depth during Sunday philosophy classes in the future. Stay tuned!