December Shant-email

Aloha Yoga Kaua'i O'hana,

Once again, the holy-days are upon us. As the year comes to a close it seems inconceivable that we complete yet another decade! Although the holidays are a time when activity increases, Winter is also a season of hibernation - a time for rest and the stillness of silence to reevaluate before another cycle begins. If we proceed without restoration and reflection, we are likely to continue in a flat circle that remains at the same octave as the prior year. I hope that during the busy holidays you manage to take time for inward reflection to ascend upward in your life spiral.

Astrologers have long anticipated 2020 as significant astrological transits await us this January. The last time these transits occurred were during the American Revolution and the creation of the Declaration of Independence. The midway transit point occurred during the Civil War. The full cycle culminates in January of 2020 as Pluto, Saturn and the Moon's South Node conjunct in Capricorn. It is time we renovate outdated structures and maladaptive hierarchies. Friction invites us to innovate personal and collective political structures. When we remember our oneness our natural response is to live in harmony with nature. Until we learn to live by the laws of love, social structures will lack resilience and collapse. This stellium in Capricorn impels us to review where we consign our power and affirm whether our choices are based on love or insecurity.

We need challenges to keep us vital

Such personal and collective inquiry does not arise from simple soul-utions. The Yoga Sūtra inspire us to examine such profound questions in a way that is effective and transformative for individual and collective consciousness. We are at a turning point in which we must reaffirm our personal agency and what we hold as sacred. I can’t help but feel even deeper gratitude for the Yoga Sutra to guide us on the path of breaking off contact with unnecessary suffering and to leverage Karma with Dharma.

Sutra of the Month

II:16 Heyam duḥkham anāgatam

The avoidable pain that is yet to come can and should be avoided.

Sūtra II:16 reminds us that we can, and should, avoid the unnecessary pain that is yet to come, and be willing to embrace that pain which is necessary for our healing. What someone else did to us no longer hurts them, but hurts only us if we continue to harbor resentment. It is said that resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

As we turn the gem of the Sūtra, we are reminded that avidyā can keep us from going deeper than what we can see in the moment, and that perhaps those who affect us so adversely, are the ones we crave to love the most. Do you avoid discomfort when you are in a difficult Yoga posture? Do you fidget constantly to try and get comfortable? Discomfort is an inevitable part of life, just as some postures will remain uncomfortable no matter how much we readjust and fiddle around. When we embrace the necessary discomfort as a part of life, there is a real opportunity for growth and learning. We can look back at the most trying times in our life, and realize that they were integral in our growth into who we are today. 

Happy Holy Days to you and your loved ones!

Bhavani Maki

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