The Mountains


Classes this week are being inspired by a 5-day Dru meditation retreat that I’ve just experienced at Snowdonia Mountain Lodge in the heart of Snowdonia. I always benefit from the stillness of the Mountain pose (tadasana), but discovered a much deeper stillness when surrounded by the presence of the mountains. If you find it difficult to stand in the stillness of Mountain pose, try and visualise your favourite mountain, or find a photograph of one that you like. Imagine yourself standing in front of that mountain, feet firmly planted on the earth and breathe that stillness and stability of the mountain into yourself.

The Mountains

Heads in the clouds, the mountains stand guard.

High and tall.

Clouds constantly shifting, revealing, then hiding.
Croaks and cries of ravens and buzzards,
Slow wingbeats, barely perceptible against the mountains.

The mountains watch, immoveable.

A road winds through the mountains.
Tiny cars crawling, carrying tinier people.
The road a narrow scar on the mountains.

The mountains stand, impeturbable.

Solid and still.

Water off a mountain’s back.
Water refreshes the mountain.
Waterfalls tumble, cleansing and washing away the debris.

A sliver of silver moon rises behind the mountains.
Slowly revealing it’s fullness.
Ghostly shapes of sheep at the foot of the mountains,
White in the moonlight.

Protected by the mountains.

A hooting of the wise owls.
Blessed by the mountains.

The fading moon drops behind the mountains across the valley
As morning awakes.
The mountains awake to a sprinkling of snow
Scattered from the heavens.

The hearts of the mountains are peaceful.


Reflections on water

words relating to water and the moon

Water has so many images associated with it. Associated with the tears of our emotions, water can be calm, gently flowing or raging like a stormy ocean. Invigorating, cleansing, refreshing – you probably have some words of your own. Reflecting on some of these associations can enhance our yoga practice. Yoga can help to smooth troubled waters and to balance the ups and downs of our emotions. The moon sequence is particularly good for this.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Inspiration from the Moon

Moon reflected in water

With a full moon today, we’re taking inspiration for the class from the cool, tranquil energy of the moon. Dru yoga has a wonderful moon sequence (chandra namaskara), which helps to soothe mind and emotions by calming the sacral chakra and combining a flowing breath with the movements. Particularly useful at the time of the full moon when you can feel over emotional and sensitive.

Below is an extract from a moon-inspired meditation that I came across recently that suggests reflecting on the moon can help us to accept our own ups and downs, light and dark sides because we are all full, rounded and whole.

“During its different phases, the moon reflects both feminine and masculine energies. From a faint glimmer to a brazen spectacle, the moon’s appearance is at the mercy of its cyclical nature in the universe. We see it as a shy, secretive crescent moon one day or an undeniably assertive full moon at its peak, yet it actually does not change at all. What changes is only how it appears to us……….

The quiet shadows or the robust roundedness of the moon reveal an interesting comparison to the cycles of our own lives. Just as a crescent moon appears mysterious, we may appear shy or hidden and only reveal a glimmer about ourselves. Other times we feel as if we’ve walked into the spotlight completely open and exposed. By honouring the phases of our own cycles, we can understand that an ebb and flow between the delicate and the bold is a natural part of life………..

Meditations on the moon help us to embrace and balance our feminine and masculine yin-yang like qualities. By trusting our cyclical position in the universe, we can gracefully accept the high and low tides of life and simply honour them as temporary phases. Most importantly, we’ll remember that like the moon, how we appear to the rest of the world does not change the fact that we are always very, very whole.”

Jill Lawson writing in Om Magazine