Flip Dog Dilemma – 3 Shoulder Actions for Wild Thing. Is the popular yoga pose “FLIP DOG” worth it? If you practice or have been to a modern vinyasa or power yoga class than you know that flip dog is a popular posture that is called out somewhere toward…
What is Spanda
Spanda is one of the foundational teachings from the ancient tantric philosophies – to be clear I am referring to the yoga traditions not the modern westernized term for sexual practices. Spanda refers to the pulse of the universe, the essence of life’s natural cycle and rhythm that is always occurring. What that really means is that everything in life is either moving toward expansion or contraction. For example, A seed that drops from a flower at the end of its life lands on the ground in a contracted state of pure potential. If that seed makes its way into the dirt, receives enough water and sunlight it will move towards its expansion. The seed will begin to grow roots downward, and eventually flowers upward. The Seed represents limitless potential, while the flower is the manifestation of that potential. At the end of its life the flower drops several seeds on to the earth and the cycle of potential begins yet again. The teaching is a reminder that all phases of the seeds life are natural and inevitable. Even in its death it leaves behind potential.
SEEING SPANDA IN OUR LIFE
At first this teaching can be something nice to think about, however when you really observe your life you will begin to notice that it exists everywhere. Knowing that there is always a cycle of potential and manifestation perhaps we could be less surprised and shaken when the projects, relationships, and circumstances of our life die and come back to the pure state of potential. The issue most of us face emotionally is that we believe everything that is happening now will continue to happen forever. This causes us tremendous suffering on both sides. Do you agree? Have you ever taken for granted the good things in your life? Have you lost something or someone special and spent far too long not moving forward? Yes we all have, and this is where the teaching becomes helpful, reminding us of the nature pulse of the universe, that sometimes we are the seed, eager to attain what we need in order to dig our roots into the earth and grow tall into our fullest manifestation. The eagerness is great, but it usually turns into impatience, forcefulness or a retraction into the protective state of being where we give up far too soon wishing there was a short cut. On the other side there are aspects of our life where we are the flower, manifested and full of beauty. We all love this part of of the process because it feels like everything is going the way we want it to. The potential downfall is either taking for granted the beauty of our life, or simply lacking the clarity to see what we have created, or who we have become. Look at your life, where is your potential, can you embrace the process, step into it and let it unfold with every step? Look at what you have already created, can you see it clearly without the lease of insecurity and self doubt and find gratitude for who you have become and what you have built?
Where can I practice with teachers who talk about spanda?
Chromatic Yoga Teacher’s around the world are teaching about Spanda in their classes, find one near you at www.ChromaticYoga.com
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In this workshop you will practice specific techniques to open your hips, finding greater rang of motion and freedom. Each action in the body is carefully layered and clearly articulated to provide you with success.
Dance With The Flames
Change is Inevitable but transformation is a choice. Step into the fire and dance amongst the flames in this live workshop! You will get the full energy of being in the class room, strengthen your hips, and free your heart.