In yoga we have the mantra Sat Nam, Sat meaning truth and Nam meaning name. Together the mantra means truth is my name or truth is my identity, reminding us to be our most authentic self.
When we break down the syllables of Sat Nam we get …
When broken down like this the mantra shows us the cycle of infinity, how nothing really ends, not even ourself. If we live a life so full of love, light and happiness, then our soul lives on, we are remembered by these true attributes of ourself, our most genuine self is the part of us that lives on for us.
I find it fascinating that the breathe is the life force that allows us to live on, to prevail and survive, without breathe, or what we call Prana in yoga, then there can be no us. If you eliminate breathe from our bodies we are left to just be a corpse. What I find Fascinating is this life force of ours can also be broken down into the 4 syllables of Sat Nam.
Sa- Birth- the Inhale of the breathe
Ta- Life- the traveling of the breathe through our bodies
Na- Death- the Exhale
Ma- Infinity- When the cycle starts over and we inhale all over again
Beyond the breathe there is even the physical practice which shows us this infinite cycle. At the end of a yoga practice we come to lay down at the end of the class into what we call Savasana or Corpse Pose. After a few moments of laying back in this position that emulates eternal stillness we are asked to begin to wake up and come into the Fetal Pose, or the posture which embodies rebirth. I always take this as though the class is over the yoga has not ended but it is up to us to decide how we choose to allow yoga to live on outside of the yoga space. So what are some ways we can take what we’ve learned or achieved in a yoga class and keep that with us even though there is no longer an instructor with us in our day to life, no soothing music, no singing bowls, no incense.
Ways to allow yoga to be infinite, to live on outside of class is to continue with…
- Focus on Breathe
- De-clutter the mind
- Quiet the mind
- Use breathe to relax
- Take body scans to notice how you feel
- Appreciate the body
These small actions are all yoga. Sitting in traffic, upset that we may be running late, rather then get enveloped into such a thought instead take three deep breathes. Sitting at work and feeling uncomfortable, briefly close the eyes and scan the body and notice where your attention is being called too. Frazzled by all that needs to be done and the mind is drifting from groceries to lists, take one thing at a time and draw all your attention and energy to finishing that task rather then be spread too thin. By taking yoga into the everyday, the work life, home life, and everywhere else see how these subtle changes over time end up becoming our go-to way to handling certain situations. Keep practicing them until they become second nature, until they become our first reaction. That is how we allow yoga and small possible changes to create new positive pathways for our brain. Through more positive thinking we come back to being overall more positive beings, and that is how we allow our true self, the Sat Nam to live on beyond our physical time in this life.