Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
I am writing to you from Austin, Texas, where we are in a winter cold snap. I don't ever remember bundling up on the first of April! But this seasonal change makes me want to remind you to tend to your digestive fire. When the outdoor weather changes rapidly, or just into the next season, our AGNI, or digestive fire, wanes. It's like the flame within you that transforms your food to energy diminishes. This means it's best to eat easily digestible foods, or do a seasonal cleanse. When I search for recipes to help my fire, I turn to Eat-Taste- Heal, An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living. Kitcharie is regarded as the best meal during these seasonal transitions. (Weekly subscribers receive a FREE downloadable PDF of my favorite kitcharie recipe from Eat-Taste-Heal. Opt-in to my newsletter, and never miss a free give-away!)
As we cleanse our bodies from the inside, we also continued last week on cleansing the veils of perception (kleshas) that cause us suffering. We explored our aversions, or DVESHA, and had a BLAST doing all the poses we think we hate! I learned that more information about the poses, i.e. alignment, intention, etc., transformed the experience from dread to enjoyment. Well of course! It's removing ignorance! (Need to catch up or refresh your memory on the kleshas we've covered? No problem! Just listen to my podcast!)
This week will certainly be challenging, as we explore the klesha of ABHINIVEŚAH: attachment to life. This might give our practice of Savasana (corpse pose) a whole new meaning!
Speaking of corpse pose, in Calm Your Nerves, Lift Your Spirits class Monday, we spent a good amount of time doing a body scan in supported downward facing savasana (see image below). Resting with your head and shoulders supported, belly on the earth, is a very grounding and nervous system pacifying experience. We worked with the theme of embodiment, and left feeling very grounded and refreshed.
Here's something fun: I'd like to invite you to come be in the audience for a panel I'm sitting on tonight! Abi Robins of Conscious Enneagram has asked me to join her panel of other Enneagram 3's for a fun and lively conversation about what it means to be a 3 (The Achiever) and how the Enneagram has informed our lives. You can get tickets and read more about Abi and her amazing work, Conscious Enneagram on her website. Her podcast is a must-hear!
Wherever I see you, and wherever this week takes you, I hope you are happy, healthy, and grateful for your life.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.