For some of us, Savasana is the best part of class. A welcome surrender, an invaluable opportunity to release and rest, a moment of complete suspension as we happily absorb all of the positive energy and movement from our practice... For others however, having ‘nothing to do, nowhere to be’ can become an experience of inner conflict and provokes a deep feeling of discomfort. Given the opportunity it would be part of the class which some might prefer to skip, especially during lockdown!
The way we feel and how we move evolves with the seasons. The style and focus of classes change week by week, month by month helping to maintain focus, promoting and maintaining good health of mind and body.
The gurvadi gunas are 10 sets of opposites understood in the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. These pairs are a way of seeing the world; everything we experience in life sits somewhere within these gurvadi gunas from the most gross to the most subtle.
For me it's the permission to soften, to ease up, to accept what is, not to strive or get frustrated when the asana isn't quite what I expect. There is the opportunity to let go and experience a more mindful presence of my body and perhaps notice more balance, fluidity and cohesion in how I approach and practice yoga.
Every single day it takes work and commitment, especially when we’re 'not in the mood’ to work on ourselves. But the result is the better feelings, the kindness and compassion in our thoughts, words, actions, the conscious choices we make for ourselves and our environment. And with this, we can inspire and have a positive impact on at least one person, which is how we are contributing to the solution, helping to move the needle to some degree. and making a difference to the whole.