The Jivatma and Moksha
Ah, fall, the leaves change color, the temperatures drop and we all grow a bit more mellow.
As a former East-coaster, and since I have a birthday in November, fall is my favorite season. I love to see the colors change and to smell the damp cool air as the season shifts away from summer. Many people, however, look at autumn as a season of death and loss. They see their summer tans fading, the days shortening and they begin to loose their enthusiasm.
Yoga reminds us that the autumn is a time of letting go. Moksha means liberation. Our goal in our practice of Yoga is to let go of the past, to let go of those things that hinder us from moving forward and to find release in our bodies, minds and souls.
A Jivanmukti is a living liberated soul. Our practice of Yoga is to find the ability to live in the present. In order to do so we must let the past remain in the past and let the future come when it comes (it sounds like something out of the Lion King, doesn't it?). We must find the ability to let go of grudges and to stop analyzing and lamenting over situations that are long over. Our practice teaches us to be present, to live in the moment and to allow our soul to find moksha.
So, thoughout this month, we will focus on freeing our minds with postures that challenge us mentally and physically. We will try to reach the point wherein our bodies are so fatigued and our mind has worked so hard that when we finally find our way into savasana there is no choice but to let go.