Yoga and Happiness

Cora Kemball-Cook // 25 September 2021

    
Yoga and Happiness
Cora Kemball-Cook // 25 September 2021

September 2021
It has been such a strange year for so many of us. It’s September and we are starting back the term with live classes again which is great. A few people are opting to continue with Zoom which is fine as I am going to teach a zoom session on a Tuesday at 11.30 and record it so anyone who misses a class can access it.
I was contemplating how to start the term, my own energy felt a little low and I drew inspiration from the Ascended masters card deck. The card I drew was “The Power Of Joy” with the Maitreya the Laughing Buddha.The card said that “Joy has the power to remove all obstacles and attract all of your needs. I felt energized immediately and started working with a sequence of all the postures that made me feel happy.These are often the postures that open the chest and heart area allowing for a feeling of freedom.
The yoga philosophy has so many tools to help us feel happier. One way is to pay attention and to come into the present moment. In the session I tell the story of a Zen master instructing his student in the power of attention. The student asks what is the key to happiness and the master just writes as if for the first time “Attention”. The student asks what else? The master writes “attention attention” And yet again the student asks what else is there the master merely writes “attention, attention, attention. The student is mystified by this and says “Well what does attention mean?” The master replies “Attention means attention. Without attention happiness is nowhere; with attention happiness is now here. Attention is freedom from all”
In our yoga session we paid attention to the breath and by slowing the breath we can become more relaxed and naturally happier. Our other tool is in the body and the way we use our body can dictate how we feel. In our yoga sessions we aimed to practice postures with attention on the breath. Last week we practised warrior postures which encourage a sense of opening in the chest and heart area. It is important to remember as well that happiness comes from within and the happiness from external stimuli is only short lived. Meditation can help us to reach that point of inner contentment.
We finished with a relaxation where we visualised a lovely warm ray of sunshine gently relaxing each part of our body. Sunshine also has the power to make us feel happier! If you want to experience the session then follow this link or copy and paste into your browser https://youtu.be/_90iDjVBAsE