My dog, Pumpkin must be an incarnation of an ancient yogi. He has taken to waking me up at 4am to start his day. The ancient yogis say that 4am is a very auspicious time of day and suggest that sadhana be done at that time. Maybe it's God's gentle nudge for me to get to the mat. Okay, Okay, I get it. I'm up.
This morning I rolled out my mat, lit a candle on my alter. Each item on the alter was placed there as a symbol of each one of my teachers. As I light the candle I acknowledge each one of them and their contribution to my practice and ultimately my spiritual journey. This morning my eyes immediately fall on a small statue of the Blessed Mother. I offer a prayer to the Blessed Mother, as I often do, that she be with me as I move through my day so that all of interactions with others come from a place of love.
I pause as I look at a photo of Amma, the hugging saint. In the photo she is looking away and her face is full of love. Like the look on a mother's face when she is watching her child. Against the frame containing Amma's photo I have placed a small photo, printed from my computer, of a teacher named Betheyla. Betheyla passed away before I had the opportunity to get to know her but somehow I feel like she is still guiding me. It felt that way during my sadhana this morning.
I begin with some gentle opening poses. I come up to standing with the intention of doing a few sun salutations. Instead I feel like moving back to the mat. Okay, I think, I'll do a kneeling salutation. I closed my eyes and let my body move through the sequence without my mind getting in the way. I followed my breath and let my body move through the asanas. I found myself flowing through Chandra Namaskar, moon salutation. A sequence I learned from Betheyla. This sequence is rarely ever done in a yoga class or even in my personal practice but for some reason, today, that's what my body needed. I simply followed the flow of Grace that was obviously at work. Trusting.......
This flow of Grace was there as I sat for meditation. I remember learning some pranayama that related to the moon but I couldn't remember the details and didn't want to take the time to look it up. The left side of the body relates to the moon (chandra) so I breath in through the left nostril and out through the right. (I have no idea if that's right but that's what I did). After a few minutes I pick up my malas.
I start out with the Gayatri mantra, Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha......... Om Som Somaya Namah....... Wait that's not it. I go back to Om Bhur Bhuva..... Om Som Somaya Namah.... Okay, I'm trusting so I go with it. I chant this mantra which was suggested to me by one of my teachers after he looked at my astrology chart I had done.
Was it the full moon affecting my practice or was it something else? Who knows?
(Oh, I just found the spell check button that's been missing from this site! It is going to be a great day!)