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Where Yoga Leads Us
2018.7.4 | Rinan

Where does yoga lead us?

Is your goal to raise your leg the highest? Or to hold inversions the longest? Or to be the most flexible or to build muscle? Or are you here to lose weight?

 

What are you trying to get out of yoga?

 

In my class, I occasionally say, “Don’t fight in the asana.”

 

Humans naturally have a huge ego and have a tendency to (maybe unconsciously) think “Iwant my pose to look the best in this class.”

 

This deeply rooted concept can be let go through practice of yoga.

 

Santosha

Within the eight limbs, there is Niyama which represent self-discipline that should be performed in your daily life. Further, one of the Niyamas is Santosha.

 

In sanskrit Santosha means ‘satisfaction’. Are you all satisfied? Us humans have a tendency to look towards things we don’t have.

 

Even celebrities who seem to ‘have it all’ are not necessarily always satisfied. Amongst them, some may feel miserable. We periodically see on the news that they get addicted to drugs or sadly commit suicide.

 

All humans have a difficult time maintaining the state of satisfaction.

 

For example, you see a beautiful dress or a gorgeous watch and you want to buy it. You decide to work hard, save money, and go buy these items. At first, you feel extremely happy that you possess these items and use them with great care.After a while, you walk past that store and see new items on display. You strongly feel the need to buy those as well.

 

This is probably something we’ve all experienced.

 

Through this example, you can see that humans are particularly terrible at keeping the state of satisfaction going.

 

Musk Deer Example

Here’sa story of a musk deer. One day, this deer smelled a lovely scent frome somewhere. So, he started searching for the smell. He walked and walked, but couldn’tdetect where the fragrance came from. Then, he realized that he himself was the root of the smell.

 

We usually get carried away with the fast moving environment and don’t have time to realize that the most important things are already with you and inside of you.

 

Through Yoga…

With our hatha yoga practice, it is possible to train our mind and body to be in a consistent state of satisfaction.

 

So, it’s ok if you pose is not perfect. First, place yourself in an environment to practice yoga. Feel grateful, and be satisfied. Although you may not have a perfect asana, pat yourself on the back for not running away from your practice and putting in the effort. Then, focus on your breathing and focus your attention to your mind and body.

 

Being a yoga instructor doesn’t liberate you from these desires. I still feel envious of others and of things I don’t possess. It’s important to continue your practice throughout your lifetime

 

As mentioned before, it’s difficult to always feel satisfied. I hope that through practice, the duration of satisfaction slowly multiplies. And don’t hesitate to take your practice off the mat!

Started classic ballet at age 3, gymnastics at age 7 and studied performing arts at university for 4 years. Yoga was first introduced to Rinan as a beauty method, but after practicing Jivamukti Yoga, she came to realize the importance of asanas with the combination of philosophy. Countless hints of happiness are hidden behind the philosophy of yoga. If we can bring the yoga practice off the mat and spread the love and peace, we would be living in a wonderful world!
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Remove Ama With a Copper Tongue Polish
2018.5.13 | Tsubaki

Yoga has a purification method called “Kriya Yoga” to remove toxins from the body. Among them, I practice nose cleanse, tongue cleanse, and eye purification.

 

Morning time is when the ama (toxins) are discharged. Thus, after brushing my teeth, it has become my ritual to preform tongue cleansing.

 

Let me introduce to you an Ayurvedic tongue cleansing technique that originated from India.

 

My tongue scraper is made of copper. Copper is known to have high antibacterial effect and works very well on bad breath. After performing my tongue cleanse, I can notice better oral hygiene.

 

“My tongue is this dirty?” would probably be your first impression after you scrape off the white toxins from your tongue. I was shocked when I first conducted this procedure. However, after perusing the steps, my tongue felt surprisingly beautiful, and exhilarating!

 

Besides asanas, there are the eight limbs of yoga known as ashtanga. In that are the yamas and niyamas also introduced in the yoga sutras. Niyamas represent self-discipline that should be performed in your daily life. Out of the five niyamas is Saucha or cleanliness.

 

Saucha means to keep your body and heart always clean. It’s important to keep your appearance neat, but also our surrounding environment, too.

 

This includes your oral hygiene so don’t forget to clean your mouth!

 

*Note: I purchased this copper tongue scraper at Organic Life Tokyo event two years ago for 1000 yen. You can also purchase it on Amazon.

After graduating from university, she started her career experiencing various professions in PR, Media, and IT.
As she became passionate about the effect of yoga both on the body and soul, she decided to deepen her understanding through teacher training at UTL. She began to provide her own yoga training as an instructor to help people discover an overall sense of well-being.
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