Weekly Themes

Cora Kemball-Cook // 9 September 2013

    
Weekly Themes
Cora Kemball-Cook // 9 September 2013

I normally have a theme for each week which often includes a reading from a spiritual text and information about the yoga asanas we have been practicing.

Here is an example of a typical text that might be spoken about

Harmony

Yoga is a harmony. Not for him for who eats too much, or for him or eats too little; not for him who sleeps too little, or for him who sleeps too much.

A harmony in eating and resting, in sleeping and keeping awake; a perfection in whatever one does. This is the Yoga that gives peace from all pain.

When the mind of the Yogi is in harmony and finds rest in the Spirit within, all restless desires gone, then he is a Yukta, one in God.

Bhagvad Gita Ch 6 vs 16 – 18

Our theme was finding harmony in body, mind and spirit through yoga. The beautiful verses from the Gita talk to us about finding this harmony and in some translations you will find the word “meditation” instead of yoga. Historically yoga and meditation are synonymous and are about our journey towards oneness.

And then try to bring that sense of harmony into everyday activities such as eating and I used a quotation from a book called “Golden Rules for everyday life” by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov where we hear about Nutritional yoga

Instead of eating carelessly and hurriedly, in the midst of noise, agitation and arguments and then going off to do yoga exercises, wouldn’t it be much better to understand that meals give you a perfect opportunity every day, two or three times a day, to practice relaxation, concentration and the harmonization of all the cells of your body?