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Lead me from Darkness to Light

By Maria Lodge

TUE JAN 05, 2021

Happy New Year!

As we enter into a new year during the dark days of winter. I yearn for more light and hope. The new year & slow progression of longer days brings the promise of increased light, hope & peace. As I come to my mat, chanting about being led from "Unreal to real" , from "Darkness to Light" from "Death to immortality" is comforting and energizing for me.

The Chant, Om asatoma or Om asatoma sadgamaya , is the opening line to an ancient universal prayer, which is part of the Pavamana Mantra from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. This chant for peace was the first chant that I learned during Yoga teacher training, it brings me back to beginnings and seems appropriate as we enter into a new year. According to Yogapedia; "All of the lines in this prayer encourage the practitioner to be their best self and to reside in an enlightened state." https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/9233/om-asatoma

While in my cozy room at Vida Asana in Costa Rica during the first week of yoga teacher training. I learned this chant by listening to it for hours! I found a LONG version of it on YouTube & played it constantly, while I studied, showered & even as I fell asleep. While I am not suggesting that you do that and I do not claim to pronounce the Sankrit exactly right, I would like to share this chant with you and perhaps we will get to the point where we can chant it together! Here is a lovely version: https://youtu.be/TKKxMro4IDg

Please Join me this week to Chant, Breath & Practice Asana (Postures)

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Tuesday 1/5/2021

9:30 AM ~ Smooth Yoga via Zoom

Wednesday 1/6/2021

Noon ~ All-Levels Vinyassa via Zoom

Thursday 1/7/2021

9:30 AM ~ Smooth Yoga via Zoom

***Next week I will be adding 2 evening classes!

Monday & Thursday ~ 6-7:15 PM Renew & Relax Practice with Gentle Flow & Restorative Poses!

Class schedule, offering descriptions & registration for Zoom classes, private yoga sessions, Reiki and Thai Yoga treatments can be found here ~https://www.asanawellnesspt.com/schedule

~Namaste~

Maria Lodge, PT, E-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Reiki Master Teacher, Thai Yoga Certified

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