This morning I took a great yoga class. In the beginning of class the teacher spoke a bit about Patañjali, who compiled the yoga sutras around 400 CE. She specifically talked about sutra 2.1. This sutra states that the practice of yoga consists of three components. When she was telling us about them, I immediately thought they applied to bellydance as well.
1. tapas or austerity/discipline, dedication and studentship.
2. svadhyaya or self-study. Our teacher explained that this means being willing to see all the facets that make up you – all of your weakness, but also all of your assets for growth.
3.Ishvara pranidhana or surrender to pure awareness or a greater energy. It means being aware of a greater energy that is contributing to us and that we are contributing to. Conspiring to our awakening, as our teacher put it.
She said we awaken through these three paths, we become fully alive and engaged.
If you want to read more about it go here.
p.s. #FBF/#TBT post to come!!!!!