We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are
– anais nin
One of the beautiful things about teaching yoga is the weekly opportunity to explore another corner of the human psyche and then share my findings with those that attend my classes. I’m still relatively new to teaching and so the vast array of themes to explore is very broad. I decided for January to explore the concepts of vision and focus, each week approaching the third eye chakra from a different angle. Setting goals for the year, letting those goals be guided by love, and today pattern recognition – how everything is just another piece in a bigger puzzle, another step towards wholeness.
I was particularly inspired by a book given to me by my teacher.
There is so much amazing insight in this book and I admit I haven’t read it from the beginning yet but it’s one of those great references you can pick up and flick through to any page and start a journey.
These are some of my favourite excerpts in relation to the 6th chakra, Ajna, our centre of perception & command.
Below is the sequence I came up with to align our vision with our actions, letting go of images or assumptions we may have had about how a pose should look and exploring it through new eyes. We worked through some asanas that stimulate both the 3rd and 6th chakras to marry our seat of will and instinct (manipura) with our centre of perception and command (ajna). Recognising patterns the mind forms to place an identity on something, connecting the shapes of the poses that lead us toward a bigger picture – yoga, union, oneness, consciousness, whatever you wish to call it.