February 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm 4 comments

I can sum up the themes for the Intro to Yoga series into the shortest self-help book ever.

Chapter One: Keep it Simple

Chapter Two: Create Space

Chapter Three: Dedication

Chapter Four: Delight

Chapter Five: Visit Your Family

Chapter Six: Evenness

The last chapter is what we worked on last Sunday.  Evenness (sattvic or sattva in sanskrit), is the idea that when life moves through extremes, we don’t follow the swing of the pendulum.  Of course, we feel joy and sorrow, rage and awe, but we don’t act on them, we don’t hold them in the body or the mind for any length of time.  We see the pendulum swinging, and we see that each time it swings, it swings through center, through evenness.  And, we hope that with time, with practice, the swings of the pendulum grow less extreme, our experience of life is life with ease, with evenness: a life that is sattvic.

You’ll note that there were six classes in the series, but class five I was off in RI visiting my family (yes, my grandmother had a wonderful time at her party, as we all did!).  A balance like this is probably about right: five parts in practice on my mat, one part putting it into practice in the world.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nancy  |  February 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    It’s been awhile since I’ve checked the blog. I just love the way you write. Thank you for finding the time to do so. Your grandmother is amazing. It’s wonderful to see how you celebrate her life.

    • 2. Sharon  |  February 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for finding the time to read the blog–and comment!

  • 3. Shuba  |  March 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful and thoughtful Sharon. I would love that evenness you speak of…My practice seems to bring more feelings into light that I knew existed. But somehow or the other I’m amazed that they don’t last…who knew! 🙂

    • 4. Sharon  |  March 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Yes, a life of evenness would be lovely. I am more often aware of the tippy canoe feeling of life than the evenness feeling.
      Just read some of your blog–so lovely! Nice to “see” you here in weblog land.


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