A Solstice Meditation for You

A Solstice Meditation for You

Simple Solstice Meditation for You

Visoka va Jyotismati – Sutra 1.36

Visoka – blissful
va – or
jyotismati – the supreme light

This month in the Northern Hemisphere is the Winter Solstice (Wednesday 21st December) – the shortest day and longest night of the year.

In many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year around the world. In the midst of uncertain and darker times it can be easy to succumb to fear and forget the light within – the light which Sutra 1.36 reminds us we all possess – which allows us to spread goodness. If you feel unsettled, try this simple meditation to remind you of your inner light which is beyond all fear and worry:

– Take your awareness to your heart centre. Visualise a light there, glowing radiantly.

– Stay here, focusing on this inner light for as long as you can, even if it’s just a minute. Feel that light expanding, radiating throughout your body, until you are filled up with this light. Then feel your light expanding further, outwards into the space around you.

– Don’t be surprised to notice that your breathing has become slower and more steady – a good sign.

Solstice Blessings.


BKS Iyengar Interview

I recently heard about the ‘Take Back Yoga’ movement started by the Hindu American Foundation, so I was really interested to read what BKS Iyengar had to say on the issue:

“Yoga is an Indian heritage, not a Hindu property.  Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which forms the basis of the system, addresses all humanity not just Hindus.  Just because yogis did not travel as widely as they do today does not imply that the practice belonged to one community or place.  Patanjali calls yoga sarva bhauma, a universal culture. And yoga is an individual’s evolutionary journey as a sadhaka (seeker) from the body to the self.  Where is the room for doubt here?”

You can read the full interview from the Times of India here.  Thanks to Cora Wen (@CoraYoga) for sharing.