The theme of Maya is one centred on honesty. Maya is the Sanskrit word for illusion. Through this practice we must pause in reflection, focusing on reducing our samskaras (habits, often negative) moving slowly to truly listen to ourself in mind and body. We spend so much time checking off all of our to do’s that we rarely pause to notice, is this serving me or helping me or is this hurting.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: Maya (Illusion)
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” – Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)
Physical Focus: Choose postures that require honesty, giving you a chance to really speak to the physical as it relates to the mental: bound angle or bound triangle, hand off the floor in extended angle/triangle, from bridge to shoulder stand (if appropriate) or wheel.
Yama/Niyama: satya – truth
Chakra: third eye – intuition
Om Namah Shivaya – I bow to Shiva.
In this mantra, focusing on Shiva as the destroyer of ego. Ego representing the illusion that you are separate.
Take a long time for meditation at the end of practice, asking the following questions, pausing between:
Where does the majority of my energy go each day?
What in my life brings me joy?
What in my life do I do because I have to? Is there a different way?
Do I take time each day for reflection?
Do I get enough rest?
Do I spend enough time with those that I love?
What changes can I make to feel more connected to myself? To live the life that feels authentic to me?