We tend to use different traditions and rituals to brighten up the shorter days as we approach the darkest time of the year. For many, it is a joyful Christmas decoration, the lighting of candles or the fireplace. The unspoken symbolism of this annual tradition is that it is important to take time to go quietly inward and connect with our inner light, and then to carry its spark into the world to share with others. It can be a deeply moving ritual and a beautiful link to one of Patanjali’s yoga sutras: "the light within which is free from all suffering and sorrow" (I.36). In this first chapter, Patanjali offers different ways to help quiet a restless, agitated mind and attain a level of stability and clarity. This sutra offers the image of our inner light, which is free from sorrow or grief. Further, it purposely leaves the way open for the application of the sutra to be varied according to each person's individual needs and beliefs.
In this workshop, we will engage with the image of light in different ways: We will meditate on it, incorporate it into a gentle, candle-lit yoga flow, and make our own candle and paper lantern. Supplies included. Seasonal refreshments will be served.