Written by Radha Rani Bradley - Co-founder of Akhanda Yoga Australia
Part 3: Do your practice.
At some point along the Yoga road, you see that whilst it all has meaning, it also means nothing. Life is a series of events and we are so attached to it all, the labels, the assumptions, the judgements, the likes and dislikes the multitude of material things that we think of as a part of us.
Then we begin to see this is the case and we try to shed it all. Peel away the layers to get to the core of our being, which we know is Loving Awareness but there is an ocean between knowing this to be true and feeling it. We come to our practice and we do it religiously until we notice that whether or not we can do scorpion standing on our noses makes little difference to whether we are dwelling in Brahman.
This is where the philosophy comes in and we look at the Yoga Sutras and again go a little deeper and we find we are listening to lectures from Ram Dass and suddenly we hear what he is saying and we know it – none of it really matters. What we are getting to here people is Perspective.
Life is a blue sky, the sun continues to shine constantly although the clouds come and block our view of the light, it doesn’t mean it has gone away. Everything has movement, therefore everything changes. Perspective helps us to not get pulled into the vortices of our emotions.
How do we get perspective?
We stay balanced.
How do we stay balanced?
By going to our practice and the way and intention of our practice is key.
But if my practice is what I must do every day, then it soon becomes a crutch, a trap or a rod to beat myself with.
If I do my practice to centre and ground me, then I want to do my practice and I am content if today my practice does or does not contain 10 surya namaskar and arm balances. I am content just to be in my practice and enjoy the 6 rounds of anuloma viloma pranayama and the savasana or the 30 rounds of chair breathing.
When we really do our practice, then it is all Yoga, we are in Yoga – in union, in balance and we adapt to what our mind and body need to keep us in balance. And this is why Akhanda Yoga is such a beautiful practice as it can be strong and gentle and incorporates all of it, the philosophy, asana, pranayama and meditation. When we are whole, in balance, in a holistic practice, then our outlook is a reflection of our inner selves, our true nature, which is loving awareness.