Monday, July 9, 2012

Tantrums and Refueling

I love that Jill Manning refers to her time practicing with her teachers as "refueling".  My time is teacher arrives in just a few more weeks.
This has been a longish span of time (6 months or so this time) to be on my own for practice.  There is the occasional morning where I'm approaching a tantrum *I-want-my-teacher-now!*

Lone practicing has gotten easier with time and I have found a lot of sweetness in the quiet, early mornings, but it is definitely time for a refueling!

In the meantime, a summer reading of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for some 1% theory.
Conversation is in "notes" on this page.

Some of my favorite bits from the Asana chapter:
I like the image described in the commentary of asana moving prana to avoid stagnation. As someone who has been working at wetland sites in Florida over the past few years, stagnant water is something very familiar:

When you practice asana, steadiness develops. Prana moves freely, and there is less chance of disease occurring. Just as stagnant water is the breeding ground for all sorts of creatures, when prana stagnates anywhere in the body, conditions are perfect for bacteria to flourish; prana should move like swift flowing water.”

I especially liked this from the commentary for the translation that I'm reading:

"Mind is not static; it is a vibrating mass of conscious energy and is moulded into whatever shape you give it. When a person lives for material pleasure, the mind becomes absorbed in the material reality. If it is absorbed in negative and debauched things, then it becomes that way. If it is absorbed in the subtler experiences then it can come closer to the atma. This is a process which involves the total restructuring of the entire organism right down to the minutest cell.”


  1. I am ready for a proper fill-up! I say we try to get David to do a 4 week immersion next summer!!!



  2. That's a spectacularly great idea Jill!...let's do it! :-)

  3. Hi Chrissie, I am glad you are getting to see David again. I like and can relate to the refueling idea. I will see my teacher briefly, (one mysore class) next week. Sorry I have been out of touch re the discussion of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. I have been very busy and am behind on the reading, I am hoping to catch up and join in again this week.

  4. Hi Helen,

    Great to hear from you!...I was wondering if you were just busy or had gone out of town or something as we hadn't heard from you in a while. I'm having fun with the posting and looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you get a chance.
    Enjoy the class with your important to refuel!