This is the first time I really made a connection to my body as a temple or vessel. And, the idea that I should tone and take care of my body to reach my more spiritual goals in yoga. I haven't really acknowledged, before now, that I had higher spiritual goals! Nonetheless, the talk that Mark gave was profoundly relevant to where I am on my yogic path. He told us the structure of the class was that we watch him and observe. Then, we do the moves as best we can. He often had us repeat moves. The shadow yoga moves are hard to describe. They were not asanas that a yogi would recognize. They look much more like moves from martial arts. The moves were more inclusive of all the parts of the body and all directions. The feet, ankles, hands, and wrists had more focus. I loved becoming more aware of the entire system of yoga and not just the asanas.
A few points I took away from this experience are:
- We are on information and stimulation overload. It is time to simplify and get rid of the excess in our lives and bodies.
- The less connection I have with my vessel and path the easier it is to abuse and ignore it. Yoga helps!
- A dedication to the body is a dedication to the soul. It is time to allow myself to be good to my self.