Yoga Lesson: Awareness

Awareness (samvedana) is an essential practice in yoga. Conscious attention to detail is important while practicing yoga poses to create proper alignment and to prevent injury. And cultivating moment-to-moment awareness on and off our yoga mats removes unconscious patterns of movement and thought, illuminates our physical, mental and emotional states and gives us the gratitude and appreciation for the small miracles and simple blessings in our everyday lives.

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May we continue to develop deep awareness and close attention to all aspects of our moment-to-moment lives.

Quotes
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Practices

Dirga pranayama, Down Dog, Pigeon, Bow, Mountain, Eagle, Tiptoe pose.

Home Work

Spend a few moments giving your total awareness to a single object, preferably an object of nature. Let yourself be absorbed in and yet aware of the awareness. [/am4show]

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