This past week we discussed the yogic outlook on the structure of the universe. Recognizing there are two distinct aspects, the natural world and the spiritual world that can be called Prakriti (nature) and Purusa (soul).
The yogi endeavors to unite the two for clear understanding and connection to Purusa. Part of the details regarding this project is to recognize that things in nature, (including our own selves and minds), can be calm and balanced or quite disturbed and murky.
We discussed the Trigunas – qualities of nature which are sattva (illumination), rajas (active), tamas (dormant or inert). Knowing about these qualities, and recognizing the need to balance rajas with tamas to reach a balanced calm state is a basic precept of why we practice. If they are balanced we may be able to view the Soul clearly.
We worked hard in standing forward bends to use the stability needed, and the fluidity required to calm the experience of these asanas towards a quiet experience. And…well with screaming hamstrings or wobbly balance there is always a lot of obvious reasons to carry on with our practice!