"Tamil scriptures say the best gift that children can give their parents is to excel them. The parents who have truly devoted children are fortunate, what other wealth could they want? According to the poet-sage Thiruvallavar, the parents' duty is to raise their children with such high standards that at any gathering the children are asked to take the foremost place where they can pass on beautiful thoughts to others.
"Parents must see that their children receive the knowledge to be good people and leaders. If they really love their children they will show them the way. In return, children have the duty to bring admiration to their parents. People should say, "What great prayer and penace the parents must have performed to raise such a child as this." Through the children, the mother and father are praised.
"Its not easy to raise a child. Giving children right knowledge is more important than all the material comforts. They need to know how to live a life of joy and peace. Thats what parents should give - not just things to make them soft or fat. Parents should pass on the knowledge gained through their own life experiences. Sharing this basic knowledge is certainly more useful than all the luxuries."
- Sri Swami Satchidananda, To Know Your Self, p. 221
Class began with Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) for breath awareness and opening reading. After five-ten minutes, students brought the soles of their feet together into Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose), hold for a few breaths and then roll over to sit up. In Sukhasana (easy seat) centering and 3 OM's. Shoulder rolls, neck rolls, Baddhanguliyasana (bound hands pose), Gomukasana prep (cow face pose), Virasana/Sukhasana hip opener, table, cat/cow, Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) > plank 3x, Balasana (child's pose). Adho Mukha Svanasana > lunge, Anjaneyasana (monkey pose), high lunge. Uttanasana (standing forward bend), wide Uttanasana > Malasana 3x (squat pose). Surya Namaskara (sun salutations) with slight backbends, lunge, plank, Ashtangasana (eight pointed pose). Virabhadrasana I (warrior I) > Parsvottanasana (intense forward bend), three legged dog, pigeon. Shalabasana (locust pose) prep and pose, pelvic tilts, Setubhandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose) 3x, Apanasana (yoga hug - knees into chest), Anandabalasana (happy baby pose), Savasana (corpse pose) with guided relaxation. Played the Heart chakra crystal singing bowl (LOVE - Yam - F - Green).
"Its not easy to raise a child. Giving children right knowledge is more important than all the material comforts. They need to know how to live a life of joy and peace." - Sri Swami Satchidananda
Closing 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 Immortality.
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti!
Lokaah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May the entire universe be filled with Peace and Joy, Love and Light.