Notes from Wednesday, November 17, 2010 “Candlelight Yin with Restoratives Practice”.
Overall threads for the practice included:
-exploration of Letting Go by Letting Be
-focusing of the exhalation as a way to work with the Ayurvedic perspective of Vata (read Gianna Piccardo’s guidance about the Vata season)
Is there a school where Perseverance teaches classes?
I want to meet him face to face and see what he looks like.
I have heard so much about him. It is not that I want his feedback. I am sure he would tell me to “keep working,” and I already know that. It is not just me either. Offhand, I can name at least three friends who are curious as I am. One is a scholar, one is a writer, and the third is a young parent. I would write Perseverance a letter inviting him to come here and teach at the neighborhood school but no one around here knows where he lives or how to find him.
I read somewhere that they were trying to hire him to co-host a PBS serious on the creative process but he would have none of it. Says he is shy in front of cameras. Truth is, he turns down all offers which distract him from his work.
Inspiration is disturbing. She does not believe in guarantees or insurance or strict schedules. She is not interested in how well you write your grant proposal or what you do for a living or why you are too busy to see her. She will be there when you need her but you have to take it on trust. Surrender. She knows when you need her better than you do .
From the Book Of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler
The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
All we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapeable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
Till you mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
She is present, and can welcome all things.
From The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry
The Wisdom Blessing
May you chose outrageous actions that challenge who you are and encourage who you are becoming
May you take one step however small, towards that which you have always longed for. Now is the right time.
May you recognized the unique and powerful contribution that you bring to the people whose lives you touch.
May you be as grand and wonderful as you really are ad do things because you want o, not just because you should.
May you celebrate you creativity and find peace and purpose and passion amidst the chaos and suffering.
May you reach towards the spirit with a longing that keeps you present to the miracles available all around you, all the time.
May your faith move any mountains that stand in your way and may your heart be awake and open.
May wisdom be your guide and may love be at the center of all your choices.
-Shiloh Sophia McCloud
Practice Sequence: You can link to many of the individual yin poses at Yinyoga.com
1. Yogis choice for a starting position either seated or reclined. Eyes closed, restfully aware.
2. Any forward fold (yin options: butterfly or full fwd. fold). Can also be done more supported with bolster/blanket, etc.
3. Cross legged seated with neck stretches.
4. Child’s pose or Down Dog
5. Sphinx or Seal or resting in a prone position.
6. Passive prone neck stretch (90 seconds each side).
7. Child’s pose either Yin orientation or fully supported as a restorative pose.
8. Half Dragonfly or Half Saddle Pose (with fwd. fold)
9. Full Saddle Pose or Restorative Cobbler’s Pose
10. Choice to stay in #9 or switch to Legs up the Wall
11. Choice to stay in #9 or #10 or end in Savasana.
12. Finish seated.