Today I took few amazing classes, which one of them was with Keith Borden. It was energetic and balanced, infused with playfulness and creativity. He says in his practice he loves to experiment, his goal is to hold a space that fosters inner quiet, true strength, and a healthy, joyous spirit where students can re-unite with and REJOICE in their true Self.
The class was dedicated to Hanuman is a Hindu god, who was an ardent devotee of Rama according to the Hindu legends. He is a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana and its various versions.Several texts also present him as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is the son of Vayu, who according to several stories, played a role in his birth.
During mythological times, Rama, a king of ancient India, had a problem. The demon king who presided in Sri Lanka, Ravana, had abducted Rama’s wife, Sita. Rama and his troops set out to rescue her from the vile demon. In the ensuing battle Rama’s brother, Laksmana, was severely wounded, and the only way to save him was with an herb that grew exclusively in the Himalayas. It appeared that he would be lost, for who could possibly travel to the Himalayas and back in time to save him?
Hanuman, Rama’s greatest devotee, said he would accomplish this impossible task. He then took one mighty leap that stretched all the way from the south of India to the Himalayas. By this act Hanuman embodied his love for Rama. His intense devotion allowed him to do the impossible, and this is the lesson of Hanuman: Power comes from devotion.
That mighty leap is memorialized in the pose Hanumanasana. This pose asks you not merely to stretch your legs but also to bring true devotion into your practice. Hanumanasana expresses the expansiveness possible when devotion is in the heart—the sense that you can overcome any obstacle when your yearning to help is combined with reverence and respect, as well as an intense and fiery devotion. In Hanumanasana you strive to reach much further than seems humanly possible.
Keith prepared for us an amazing sequence in which we could experience the challenge of this difficult asana but we entered the pose with calm and joyful mind. When this attitude is infused into the practice of Hanumanasana, it brings with it the energy to do this magnificent posture.
Durnig the class one could notice the duality between desire of reaching for the pose and the pains that may accompany the attempts. When you feel pain, turn your mind inward. Instead of focusing on the pain, we used the breath to access our heart, finding the inner passion that created the leap of Hanuman. When you switch the mind from pain to passion and do the asana with a sense of Hanumanic devotion, resistance begins to dissolve and the pose starts to blossom.
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot
seek the path that demands your whole being.
Leave that which is not, but appears to be
seek that which is, but is not apparent.