metaphor

unearthing the inner yogi 


Yogasanas, or yoga postures, often have vivid, colorful names. Cat, Dog, Pigeon, Plough. Sometimes it is hard for a student to see how the name of the posture relates to the posture itself.

What we must remember is that the names are not supposed to be taken literally. Instead they are metaphors, rich in multi-dimensional meaning.

Deep in her practice, if a yogini will hold the name of the posture in her mind's eye, the fullness of the posture will reveal itself quietly.

Move away from the literal. Embrace the metaphor. The Ancients thought that was a good guide to a life of wonderment.

Peace and Love,

Abhay

 Abhay Ghiara is a life-long yoga practitioner who studied yoga and yoga philosophy at the Aurobindo Ashram and Bombay University. He now lives in Berkeley, California and teaches yoga to a wide range of students. 

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