Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The weighty one

I did a couple of workshops with Ross Rayburn last month; one of his key themes was to get heavy in our poses. The main effect of this was that we had about an hour and a half to get some lunch and take a 10 minute walk to the second part of the workshop. We were late. The message of heaviness definitely had an effect.

One of the definitions of Guru is the weighty one. So by getting heavy in our poses we are invoking the Guru within and I’ve found that this makes us much more aware of how we move through poses. They then are no longer become something to tick off your to do list but a delicious moment to be savoured.

The cool thing is that practicing in this way gets taken off the mat and you become much more aware of everything which is going on around you. When we were mid-way through our workshop we were far more interested in what each other had to say, knowing that we wouldn’t see each other again for a while. OK, it made us a bit late which isn’t great Adhikara (studentship) but that’s a subject for another post and to be honest, Ross only has himself to blame for being such a great teacher ;)

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