atha is an auspicious beginning. yoga is union. be now. experience the divine present moment through yoga asanas (movement), pranayama (breathwork), meditation, massage, and energy work. balance and strengthen the body and mind in a contemplative, joyful practice. atha yoga is shared by Kristie Dahlia Home in San Francisco, California.
How we change
One of my students is concerned for the health of their child and asked me for advice about how they could go about compartmentalizing those feelings in the presence of the child. My advice about this is an elucidation of the yogic principle of pratipaksha bhavana which I thought might be useful to share.
The mind has a thing it is concerned about. That is what is happening. The brain's fear/safety center, the amygdala, gets first dibs on responding to thoughts; this keeps us safe and alive. So the tendency is for fearful thoughts about the thing the mind is concerned about to arise. That's natural, and that's fine. What comes next, that's where we practice. In yoga, we use pratipaksha bhavana to shift mental tendencies that are not useful; a common translation is "cultivation of the opposite thought."
in love and service, (on October 10, 2014) | #
Why and How We Practice
Once a psychiatrist asked Suzuki Roshi about consciousness.
"I know nothing about it," Suzuki said. "I just try to teach my students how to hear the birds sing."
- Zen Mondo