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Bringing asana (postures), chanting, meditation, and breath awareness together offers a clear path for enhancing health, wellbeing, and spiritual growth. We offer the rich history, philosophy, and teachings of the yoga tradition to students and teachers alike.
Sadhana, from the Sanskrit, means "conscious spiritual practice". Our teachings reflect a philosophy that views oneself from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, cultivating fearlessness, awe and delight in the world around us.
Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose): Renewal
When I looked up the meaning of renewal in the dictionary, which, by the way, is no longer a book I hold in my hand, but a screen in front of my eyes, I came across one that I liked that said, “the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken”. I admit, I feel a bit like that lately, seems hard not to at the end of winter. I just have to look around and there are a lot of things needing repair, from my cerebral cortex, to my rat-proof compost bin, to my country.
Spring promises renewal and I’m ready. I know there’s a lot of work yet to be done for things to be better, and while I might have lost a bit of steam, I haven’t lost heart. What I long for is a guideline, a plan of action, and with those, some promise of satisfaction.
This brings me to tittibhasana, a difficult and rarely done pose (maybe because it’s hard!), which offers all of the above. I admit, when you first see this pose you might whistle slowly or perhaps collapse with laughter – it’s far from the realm of the ordinary. Yet this is a pose that can be approached methodically, step by step, with a slew of preparatory poses that include forward bends (uttanasana, upavista konasana), arm balances (bhujangasana. bakasana), and hip openers (kurmasana, parivrtta surya yantrasana). And like the real fireflies, who are incredibly efficient light-producers so as not to incinerate themselves, you must also keep calm and steady during the pose. When accomplished, tittibhasana offers soaring beauty, like a field twinkling in summer, magically lighting up, firefly by firefly.
When you let go of familiar patterns, try something out of the ordinary, have fun in the face of difficulty, or shake off self-imposed limitations, you bring an increased sense of aliveness to the world, seeing again with fresh eyes. There can be an abundant sense of possibilities; a willingness to jump back in the ring, with renewed purpose and passion. So let’s light up, yogis, and fly!
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