Focus on the Kleshas continues, this week with Asmita. This describes our tendency toward that sense of “I am” as a separate being from everyone and everything around us: my body, my mind, my personality etc as defining who we are. The sutras emphasis that what is real is unchanging. If we define ourselves by these transient attributes, then our sense of equilibrium can be disrupted easily and often when inevitable change arises. But we do touch moments when we are aware of our connection to everything around us, as when we gaze at the galaxies of stars on a dark night.
In our asana work this week, there are some unfamiliar sequences to challenge the equilibrium (ok, quite a few balances in there as well!). But students are supported in so many ways beyond that sense of “I-ness” that connects them to everything around them- the air for prana, the floor for grounding, the shared energy of their fellow students. So amidst all the effort, feel the connection to everything around you, and remember to enjoy it!
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.