Sasangasana – Rabbit Pose

Well, it’s almost Easter so why not a little review of rabbit pose?

The first thing to do to is to come into child pose with the knees together. Allow the arms to come along the sides on the body or hold onto the heel. Form there, bring your forehead in as close as you comfortably can to your knees. Begin to lift the hips so that the crown of the head comes to the floor in front of the knees. Arms can stay down or they can interlace over the back. Think about how a rabbit’s spine is curved. you are trying to achieve that curve in the spine.

As always, follow what your body is telling you. Although this is a basic pose, it isn’t for everyone. If you have issues with your neck you need to be careful about putting weight on your head like this, especially when your neck is curved in this way.

You can support the head and/or knees with a folded blanket if that feels better.

 

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The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit

inverted treeIn the fifteenth discourse of the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna compares the ultimate source of the visible universe to an inverted tree, with the fruits, leaves and branches coming from the earth. There is so much more that we don’t see. This ‘tree’ is a product of maya- the illusory nature of our world.

When we attach ourselves to the maya, the unreal, we get caught up in it. By practicing dispassion and detachment we are able to transcend this illusion and we know what is real and true.

Lord Krishna goes on to explain how it is that he sustains everything in existence. He says that it is a part of himself that dwells as the soul in each and every one of us; he is the inner witness existing in all beings and also that which nourishes the earth. Because he is beyond perishable matter and even superior to the imperishable soul that is engulfed in maya, he is known to be the supreme spirit.

I’ve always considered this piece of ourselves that is connected to each other and to the universe to be the energy of love. I don’t mean the kind of love we associate with emotions, but the base level energy that doesn’t change with external circumstances. Call it God, Krishna, Brahman – to me it’s all love. As Buddha is credited with saying “My religion is love”.

The tree imagery in this discourse is interesting. For me it could be taken two way: it might imply that the simple being- the human or other being – that we encounter in our day to day lives are so much less that there is beneath the surface. The spirit is the real gem if we get to know it. It’s fuller, deeper, more fruitful if you will.

But to look at this the other way, that the leaves, the fruits etc are the complicated illusion of our world is probably closer to the real truth. We complicate matters so much, we insist on attaching to the world of illusion, the maya, around us when we are really so simple. We are simple souls experiencing being human. We don’t need to get caught up.

Whatever you take from this discourse, hopefully you find it one of connection – connected our souls together in the journey of life.

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