The Power of Fire

Candle and lotus

As the weeks pass, we move on to the element of fire for the theme of our classes for the next couple of weeks.

Fire – energising, warming and transformational as you burn the old to make room for the new. The sun is a huge ball of fire, unconditionally shining it’s light down on to the earth. So we’ll be practicing some postures and sequences to ignite our inner flame, bringing us strength and confidence.

The warrior postures (Virabhadrasana) help to activate the solar centre behind the navel, giving us courage and motivation. Chair of the heart (Utkatasana); another strong posture that strengthens the core muscles and opens the heart centre where we can visualise a golden flame, glowing brighter with each breath.

With the evenings becoming longer, it encourages us to light candles, bringing the light and warmth of the flame into our homes. Focusing your gaze on the flame helps to calm the mind and stimulates the pineal gland.

Some of the founders of Dru yoga were instrumental in bringing the World Peace Flame into being, drawing together numerous flames from around the world into one. As you gaze at your candle flame imagine it filling you with peace as you breathe in, and as you exhale, spread that peace out into your home, your street, your town and beyond.

“‘Fire is divine water’ they said, ‘flowing back to its source on high’. I remember looking at the huge flames and thinking that they were indeed like a huge waterfall flowing upwards. This, again, is an indication to us that fire is always reaching up to connect with the very highest forces of life.”

From ‘The Secret Power of Light’ by Mansukh Patel

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Just get on the mat

Adho mukha svanasana

A very powerful phrase that I recall from a poem whenever I’m feeling lethargic, or saying to myself, nah, leave it till tomorrow.  And as the saying goes, tomorrow never comes. I’ve been feeling that way with my writing recently, and the longer you leave something, the harder it gets to do it. Routines get broken, particularly over the summer, and come September, it’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to start work again. It’s even more so now that I’ve retired from my 9-5 job and only myself to answer to.

So the longer I’ve left writing this blog, the harder it’s become to do. Weeks have passed when I’ve thought about it and not put fingers to keyboard. Then I start thinking, is it worth it? Who reads it anyway? Why bother? What difference will it make? All those insidious thoughts that creep in about all sorts of things that we enjoy or do us good like walking, meditation, drawing, yoga, eating well. For me, I know that I have to ‘just get on the mat’. Take one small step towards something and before you know it, you’ve walked a mile, done 20 minutes yoga practice, or written a blog post. And feel great at having done it!

In classes this week, we’ll be practicing the ‘Inner Fire’ sequence, a fantastic Dru yoga sequence that helps to ignite your inner fire, giving you inspiration, motivation and confidence.

Feeling tired.
Not in the mood.
Your body’s aching.
Stiff.
You’ve got other things to do.
Can’t slow your mind down.
Just get on the mat.

From The Spirit of Yoga by Cat de Rham and Michele Gill