In the 15th Century, the yogi Svatmarama wrote his Hatha Yoga Pradipika – an explanation of hatha yoga. In Chapter 1, verse 16, Svatmarama tells us ‘Yoga succeeds by these six (qualities); enthusiasm, openness, courage, knowledge of the truth, determination and solitude’. He also tells us that in order to succeed at yoga, you have to do it! (Chapter 1, verses 64-66). It’s no good just reading the right books or wearing the right clothes, or just talking about it. ‘Practice alone brings success’.
So I intend to explore these six qualities, one at a time, starting with Openness. If you think about it, we regard openness as and admirable quality: we talk about being open-minded and open-hearted; open to suggestions and just plain open in the sense of being honest and truthful.
We can use yoga to open our bodies, and our minds and our hearts.
‘Adopt a spirit of openness at all times; simply do the exercise, reflect on the experience, do it again. Relax, repeat this process and understanding will come’. (Tarthang Tulku, from Tibetan Relaxation, Kum Nye Massage and Movement).
I look forward to seeing you.