May 1st, Beltane or May Day, symbolizes the beginning of the light half of the year. It is marking the midpoint of the Sun's progress between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solistice. It is one of the four cross-quarters of the year, as we move into a new season. May Day is the opposite of Halloween, as May Day begins the light half of the year, and Halloween begins the dark half of the year. It is on this day in May that many people begin planting. Traditionally, the ceremony that takes place is one that involves dancing around the May Pole. This pole is a phallic symbol which represents fertility, and the streamers on the pole represent the swimming sperm. This Pagan ritual is based upon old Irish and Celtic traditions. In nature we can see that the world is waking up, and we have many holidays to celebrate this rebirthing. Embrace the changes and plant a tree today. Celebrate fertility.
Class began with breath awareness and centering. Close your eyes and feel the breath. Follow the flow. Feel your sitbones grounding down into the earth. Imagine there are roots growing out of your body, digging down deep into the earth. Begin to feel the natural curve of your spine. Feel your side body growing long like a truck of a tree, strong and steady. The chest lifts and spreads, the shoulders relax. Feel your head floating directly on top of the spine. 3 OM's and opening Hari OM call and response chant.
Sequence: Tadasana (mountain pose), Urdhva Hastasana (upward palms facing pose), Uttanasana (standing foward bend), Urdhva Hastasana coming onto the balls of the feet - pressing the ankles together for balance, Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) with lunge and Ashtangasana (eight pointed pose) 2x, Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), lunge, Adho Mukha Svanasana > Plank 3x, Balasana (child's pose), Virabhadrasana II (warrior II) > star (straight legs, straight arms) vinyasa 3x, Trikonasana (triangle pose), Prasarita Padottanasana (wide legged forward bend), Virabhadrasana I (warrior I) > Parsvottanasana 3x, Parvrtti Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose), Bekasana (frog pose and prep), Bhujangasana (cobra pose and prep), Dhanurasana (bow pose and prep), Apanasana (yoga hug - knees into chest), Anandabalasana (happy baby pose), Sucirandhrasana (ankle to knee pose), Jathara Parvrttiasana (twist), Dandasana (staff pose), Paschimottanasana (west back stretch), Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose), Savasana (corpse pose) with guided relaxation. Played two crystal singing bowls coming out of Savasana - Root and Sacral - Sercurity and Sexuality.
"Thoughts of compassion and loving kindness energize and calm the mind. A compassionate heart is a comfort and support to many. Love is a verb. It comes in action. It's not what you say, it's what you do. Love is never idle, it expresses as dedicated action. Real love knows no bounds. It has no prejudices, no limitations. That's why the antidote to fear is love. Peace and happiness is our True Nature; we are not here to suffer." -Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera
Ending Peace chants:
Asaato Maa Sad Gamaya Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya
Lead us from unreal to Real. Lead us from darkness to the Light. Lead us from the fear of death to the knowledge of Immorality.
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!
Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu
May the entire universe be filled with Peace and Joy, Love and Light.