Recently, I had the opportunity to train a bunch of movement teachers from across the globe. They were accomplished teachers of a movement modality that draws from both ancient and modern forms. They aren't yoga teachers exactly, but they know yoga in their bodies. I was asked to teach them traditional aspects of yoga through the lens of their lives. And so, that's what I did. I realized in the midst of it, that what I was teaching them, so many students and teachers of yoga might also enjoy as a little refreshment… So here are 13 "Pearls of Wisdom" as seen through the lens of Yoga. Enjoy… (and take little bites)!
1. Every sound symbol, every “kara”, is a name of God in Sankrit. There is no way to say anything in Sankrit without praying. Even when you say the word “yoga”, you are praying.
2. There are no R sounds in Sankrit, such as is heard in the name, “Larry” or the words “car” or “rack”. The “R” is always rolled (much like in Spanish), and naturally awakens Manipura Chakra (solar plexus / #3), and is the sound of Shiva’s damaru, the war-cry drum, “RRRRRRRRRRR! RRRRRRRRRRRRRR!”
3. Asana means “seat” but it also means “state of being”. When we take the position of any asana, we are taking on all of the characteristics and personality of that entity: be it a mountain, a tree, a child, a crow. In this way, we are cultivating whatever it is that the entity has mastered in its every bit of being.
4. In Yoga, there is the divine feminine (THA) pronounced with a soft “t”, not “th”: This is the moon, the right brain, the second and fourth chakra in particular, and what we call Ida. Its characteristics are smooth, creamy, juicy, and nurturing. The purpose of the divine feminine is to nourish.
5. In Yoga, there is divine masculine (HA): this is the sun, the left brain, the first and third chakras in particular, and what we call Pingala. Its characteristics are hot, radiant, electric, & sharp. The purpose of the divine masculine is to penetrate.
6. From wholeness all things come to wholeness all things return. Never was there a time, is there a time or will there be a time when wholeness is not present.
7. OM is made up of three karas (sound symbols), AH, OOM, MM. AH – creation, OO – maintenance, and MM – transformation. When we put these three sounds together, the sound is OM. Please note, even this is limited, as the sound has a profound way of traveling up through the body and awakening each chakra as it travels. With proper teaching, you will experience OM like never before. You sometimes hear it as ONG, or AUNG, or AUM – these are all correct and require proper teaching to master.
8. Power and gentleness go hand in hand. Power is no longer power when gentleness is not present.
9. Prana (with a capital P, not to be confused with prana, one of the five winds in the body) moves UP the body on the inhale, and DOWN the body on the exhale.
10. You are the dancer. The dance. The one being danced.
11. You are the one breathing. The breath itself. The one being breathed.
12. Nama(ha) means “not mine” in Sanskrit. Namam(ah) – means” I give it back to the Earth… the Mama of all Mamas.
13. Yoga always asks from you, and gives back to you these three precepts: free & easy breath, long neutral spine, & a relaxed body.
Bio: Britt is described as a yoga teacher, love preacher, truth seeker, and is the author of Pilgrim: Live Your Yoga Every Single Day and its corresponding 108 Day online Immersion. She is a guiding light in the yoga & ayurveda worlds, dedicated to bringing their powerful & simple teachings to the forefront of life today. She works with students and teachers alike to discover the hidden depths of yoga and to be a guide in bringing these potent teachings into day to day life. Britt lives with her husband at Deva Daaru YogaFarm, an hour outside Portland, Oregon where she lives her yoga, shares her teachings through online programs, facilitates yoga teacher trainings, and hosts Live Your Yoga events & Daycations. Learn more about Britt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and Vimeo