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Welcome to Module 3!

Hello ladies!! Welcome back. I hope you are well and have been enjoying the first month of this immersion!

Just moving in harmony with your breath, and beginning your readings and reflections of the yoga sutras, have probably sparked noticeable shifts in your mental and physical landscape. Have you found yourself more aware of your breath cycles during the day? Have you noticed a shift in your energy, or the way your respond to stressful moments? In this module we will be diving deeper into the nature of the mind in the reading assignment as well as in meditation practices. I’m guessing you already have a good deal of experience in mindfulness and meditations based on your choice to sign up for this immersion, so meditation is probably not brand new to you. Even so, I encourage you to approach the meditations in this module with a “beginners” mind: with curiosity and patience. Diving deeper into the physical practice, we’ll also be exploring ways to build strength and stamina through the challenging standing asanas in the Warrior family. AND (I’m especially excited about this!!) an Introduction to Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, which to me is incredibly fascinating and has given me SO many gifts in regards to how I take care of myself and my family.

Assignments:

Continue your daily sadhana, starting with an opening meditation and a warm up, and now adding a standing sequence combining postures in the Warrior Family of standing asanas. Finish with some intuitive stretches, and a closing segment, consisting of your own combination of meditation, pranayama, and shavasana. Some people prefer meditation after shavasana, some before, some instead of, so experiment and see how you feel!

Please read pages 1-47 in the Path of the Yoga Sutras book and reflect on these questions in your journal:

1. Using your own words, explain Atha and Chitta.

2. Describe Purusa in your own words, and explain how recognizing purusa in yourself and others facilitates more harmony in your life.

3. What is drsya/prakriti, and how can viveka help us distinguish the difference between purusa and drsya?

4. Explain vairagya in your own terms and reflect areas in your life you experience attachment and how you would feel and operate without those attachments. Then explain what is nirodha- does it feel like a possibility in your life to experience nirodha? How can abhyasa and vairagya can facilitate this?

Finally, following the Ayurveda segment of the module, please go to https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/dosha-quiz/ to start to get an idea of your dosha. Then reflect in your journal on how this new concept of identifying yourself as a certain dosha combination helps you begin to understand your tendencies, and at least 2 things you can do to balance your dosha. Optionally, read more about managing your dosha at https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/learning-ayurveda/managing-your-constitution/