Featured Video: Love to See Us Through
Music: Somewhere Out There ~ sung by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
Intention: In opening to love, and fearing its failure, this Shakti Yoga Dance contracts in and out of itself, in much the same relationship of inhale to exhale. We surrender and fail only to expand. The video is shot with a similar theme- the contraction of class to soloist, and expansion back. These links support our love-muscle to grow and expand. By trial and error, we grow courage to re-enter, and re-connect to our passion, to one another, to life. This faith is grown within the relationships of mind/body/emotion/spirit that support the desire-muscle opening to a bigger life. When we join with one another, and tie body to heart, linking mind to spirit, then we are bountiful and beautiful.
Mudra: Abahya is a gesture of protection; Can be done on one side, which is more traditional, or with both hands at shoulder levels. Raise right hand to shoulder level, elbow by ribs, palm faces forward. Left arm down at side, palm facing out by left thigh. This is a helpful mudra when feeling a lack of courage, or afraid to reach out to another. The Abahya offers a sense of fortitude and calm in facing our fears, especially in relationship. Using it regularly, increases a quiet ability to risk, to become more intimate and welcoming with others.
Mantra: Aham Prema is Sanskrit meaning ‘I am divine love.’ (pronounced ‘ahum prema) Prema relates the human, or personal, to the universal sense of love. The Sanskrit expresses ‘prema’ to have an underlying force, with the implication it holds all things together. It is the relationship mantra for loving. Chanting it supports life energy to be in contact with the source of energy running the universe.
A stanza from John O’Donohue’s “For Longing”
Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
May the forms of your belonging- in love, creativity,
And friendship- Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.