This Week’s Focus at CYC – Karma

karmic-horacio-cardozo-300x300This week our classes at our Vancouver and Toronto locations will be themed around the spiritual law of karma or cause and effect. The law of karma states that there are an infinite amount of choices available to us in each moment. Some of our choices are made consciously but many are unconscious. It also states that everything happening to us right now is a result of the choices we’ve made in the past. This can be difficult to accept but when we take responsibility for the choices we’ve made in the past, we are empowered to make new, conscious choices. Deepak states that most of us have become “bundles of conditioned reflexes that are constantly being triggered by people and circumstances into predictable outcomes of behavior.”, e.g. somebody says something nice and we unconsciously make the choice to be flattered, someone says something negative and we unconsciously choose to be upset. We could choose to be unaffected by a compliment or an insult. If we witness our choices, we move them from the unconscious realm to the conscious.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, used to say “For every question, listen to your body for the answer”. When we make a choice, we experience a sensation in our body and it is usually in the area of the solar plexus or heart. Our heart is intuitive, pure and unaffected by ego. You can probably go back to a situation in your life where you dismissed your gut feeling and let your mind rationalize a situation only to realize that you should’ve listened to your intuition.

We can always learn something new on the mat if we are present with the practice. While practicing, notice the sensations in your body and ask yourself, e.g “How does my lower back feel during the vinyasas, where is my weight distributed during balance postures, am I breathing, etc.”

The law of karma resonates with the root chakra of stability and governs our basic needs. Make sure to get enough rest, exercise and nourishment and you will naturally make choices that are nourishing for yourself and those around you. Have a beautiful week!

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