By David Garrigues MIND RISE

Breathe & Lead Me To Where My Own Self Returns To Me

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BY DAVID GARRIGUES

My mind — you are strong, the center of imagination, receptivity, intelligence and intuition.

You have the power to create, and the power for awareness, focus and compassion. But instead you often wander aimlessly or take off running towards a phantom idea or you go to even worse places. You become the shadow, and go on mad dashes through vast fields of discursive thought, pulling in different directions towards whatever appears to be juicy, falsely promising, or most immediate. And so you cause me to alternate seemingly willy-nilly between the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Clearly, I haven’t yet sufficiently learned how to control your reins.

My mind — your wandering, pulling, stubborn chatter dissipates focus, keeps me on the periphery.

Distractions and diversions fill the space that could otherwise be simple and prayerful, a quieter refuge. Sometimes I lose the reins because I am working so hard to keep moving, to be faster, better, more efficient.

The idea of real space, vastness, expansion remains unknown to me, ungraspable, un-nurtured.

My mind — you cause me to ask pointless questions that I know will fall away when I control the reins.

Questions whose answers I already know such as: What do I want? Where do I want to go with my practice? What brings me to my mat every morning to stand in Samastitihi? What do I want to cultivate in my life? For my life?

Nothingness merged with nothingness, the zero position, Samastitihi this is where it happens, where I befriend you, the mind horse, I get control of the reins that direct you and the ungraspable becomes graspable. I become empty, void minded and this is the starting and ending point of my relationship with you, my mind.

Through practice, I learned breath control. My greatest ally in taking the reins is in following my breath. Emptying my body brings in the breath, its vastness along with the concentrated, devotional awareness that comes with it.

My mind — I repeat: let breath lead. I say it sweetly or with salt: let breath lead, lead me to where my own self returns to me.

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David Garrigues

David Garrigues is an international yoga teacher. He is recognized as one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renown yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice', a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David's mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are committed to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others. David's website and highly popular youtube video channel, Asana Kitchen, has a wealth of free, expert yoga instructional materials to inspire progress in beginner through advanced practitioners. He is the author of three Ashtanga Yoga dvd's, A Guide to the Primary Series, A Guide to the Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama Sequence, and A Guide to the Second Series. His book Vayu Siddhi: A Guide to Free Breathing was written and inspired by yogic sacred texts on the science of asana and pranayama, the two favorite subjects of students of ashtanga yoga. He is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia and the Ashtanga Yoga School of Kovalam in India.

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