We will focus on the yoga practice of vairagya–or non-attachment–for the month of June. This practice guides us to “be in the world, but not of it.” In the cycle of seeking pleasure and avoiding discomfort through attachment (aversion is also attachment!) to people and objects, we continue to experience suffering.
Many believe the meaning of non-attachment is indifference. However, this is not so. The meaning of non-attachment is love. When we can perform the actions of our lives without being attached to the outcome, we are acting out of love, the essence of our true selves, by taking the ego out of the action. According to yogic tradition, this is the highest goal.
Now, let’s not forget to have a little playful fun! Yoga Sutras 2.33 and 2.34 state that cultivating opposites of our negative conditionings and habits brings positive fruits. Angie has ordered some 4yoga magnets just in time for this month’s practice. As you use your magnet to attach something to something else, you can remember the opposite: non-attachment! We encourage you to pick up your magnet at the first June class you attend–supplies are limited.
Join us for some practice and summertime fun: we have added two new evening classes, and we are planning a potluck dinner. As the attached copies of the schedule (one in a larger type) show, the two new classes will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays: these flow classes are appropriate for students with experience in basics classes who would like a more challenging practice. See the list below for schedule highlights or the calendar here on the site (https://4yoga.me/calendar/) for a full schedule.
June guest teachers and special events:
- Tuesday, 6/5: 9:30 a.m. gentle class with Kathie Downs
- Friday, 6/8: 5:30 p.m. class will be restorative with Lindsey Bale
- Tuesday, 6/12: 9:30 a.m. gentle class with Linda Hendrickson
- Saturday, 6/23: 5:00 p.m. potluck dinner (details to be announced later in June)
- Friday, 6/29: 6:45 p.m. yoga talk and meditation with Erica (everyone welcome, no charge)
All classes meet at Dance Images (1803 Creason Street, Bowling Green, KY), and the fee for each class is $5. If you have any questions or feedback for us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to one of us before or after class. We hope to see you in June!
I thought I would share this quote from Swami Rama. Nice little contemplation…
“Non-attachment is like a fire that can burn the binding power of past samskaras.[ samskaras are our mostly unconscious programed conditioning]
Non-attachment does not mean indifference or non-loving. Non-attachment and love are one and the same. Non-attachment gives freedom, but attachment brings bondage. We have come from the unknown, we will return to the unknown. We should be grateful to the Lord, to Providence, for whatever we have. All the things of the world are meant for us and we have the right to use them. However, they are not ours, so we should not possess them. We have no right to establish ownership over the things we have, because they have been given to us to use, but they are not ours. We should use them as means, but we should not possess anything. Learn to love all the things of the world, just as means but don’t get attached to them. This is the secret—the philosophy of non-attachment.” -Swami Rama in the book “The Essence of Spiritual Life.”
Thank you for sharing that quotation! Very appropriate as we contemplate and work with non-attachment this month–I especially like the idea of non-attachment providing freedom.