The Full Moon is in Sagittarius is gifting us with visionary energy and the impetus to pursue personal goals and deep desires. It drives us to deepen our knowledge in areas that nurture our hearts and souls.
In yoga we use our asana practice to create space in the body for expansion, self reflection and deep insight. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras offers us a roadmap as a guide to explore Yoga philosophy which ultimately allows us to discover our inner guru.
Svadhyaya is the practice of self-study that connects us to our inner guru. It requires us to deepen our knowledge, understanding and connection to yoga by becoming familiar with the sutras, and more importantly to apply them in our daily lives. Living the sutras opens our awareness to the things that harm us and those which serve us.
According to Patanjali, the purpose of yoga is to stabilize the fluctuations of the mind. We use our physical body with asana practice to steer us toward that goal together with Svadhyaya to acquire wisdom. These practices lead to self awareness and the development of more trust in our own abilities. The way in which we practise yoga is reflective of the way we practise life and Svadhyaya requires us to take those teachings off the mat and into the world.
The Full Moon wants us to find a system that helps us expand. Svadhyaya requires that we view ourselves honestly without judgement or criticism, and leads us to personal insights which we may not have previously acknowledged. Through this process we cultivate a deeper understanding of how to live yoga out in the world and we are empowered to begin to make real changes to our lives.
"Study thy self, discover the divine" (PYS II.44)