Hey Team.  I’ve made recent progress in finding some mental calmness or peacefulness in yoga class.  My spider-sense tells me that it’s due to the new visualization I have now in Shavasana, the Corpse Pose.  You lay on your back, spread out, palms up, totally relaxed.  Like you died suddenly, making a snow angel. Lately …
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Hot Yoga: River Pose

Hey Team.  I’ve made recent progress in finding some mental calmness or peacefulness in yoga class.  My spider-sense tells me that it’s due to the new visualization I have now in Shavasana, the Corpse Pose.  You lay on your back, spread out, palms up, totally relaxed.  Like you died suddenly, making a snow angel.

Lately I’ve been thinking about streams, and watching streams (which I personally like to do).  It’s spring and I love running water.  I was thinking of how the river teaches Siddartha so much in SIDDARTHA, too.  I’ve thought of the idea, “Those who watch streams become more streamlike,” from FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISON.  So, it happened that I suddenly imagined myself in that Corpse Pose as a riverbed, with a river running thru me.  My feet and palms were the sources of tributaries, and my body was a river, gushing clean water into the basin of my head, where it washed away a liquid cloudy oil, emanating from a fissure in the riverbed, whisking it away out my skull into the ocean.  This liquid cloud of purple, black, green, oily matter is my ego and negative thoughts (or so I tell myself).  Then, I add in sunlight shining into the mouth basin of the river: my head.  I always read about imagining a white pure light pouring into your head; this is exactly that.  However, it’s also sunlight shining into the river headwaters, into the river basin.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.  It shines into the cloudy polluting oils’ residues, cleaning them into good water. 

I start to really feel peaceful and nice, and still, and trouble-free.  I challenge myself to stay present for ten breaths, so IOW I hold this mental image of the river sources and the coursing basin and the sunlight filtering into the waters while counting off ten breaths.  If I lose my count, I’m off in another thought.  I start again, and make it to ten eventually.  So, holding this mental image for ten breaths is a lot like holding a physical stretch for ten breaths. 

I’ve had this good feeling of mental and spiritual and emotional peace a couple times now, and again today. 

Many people write or talk about taking yoga for their peace of mind; I want to discover that!  I hope I’m on the right track.