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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)
One Simple Thing by Eddie Stern
The yogis taught that the mind is a neutral field that holds thoughts, and awareness is the unlimited potential that the mind rests upon. The saying that the mind can be a wonderful servant but a terrible master is apt for the yogis, and sums up the essential purpose of practicing the different limbs of yoga, which is mastery of our internal thought processes and mental impressions, leading eventually towards liberation. Before liberation, though, how do I deal with the challenges of life? Is there a way that I can master my mind, and engage it to help answer the three basic questions of existence: Who am I? What am I doing here, or, what is my purpose? What do I do next, or, how can I live my life according to my purpose? A Yoga practice allows answers to these questions (which may be non-verbal) to rise up from the depths of awareness, into the quieted field of the mind, so that our thoughts, words and actions become expressions of our purpose. This is where, according to the yogis, one part of fulfillment in life comes – from living in alignment with our inner purpose. The balance and strengthening of the nervous system is a foundational part of this process, because it is the body’s messaging system. If the messages are clear and unimpeded, certain alignments become easier. In this talk, we will discuss these different types of alignments and the role of asana and pranayama within them.