Focus on the Knee

“Arjuna, the mighty bowman of the epic Mahābhārata, provides us with an example of what is meant by dhāranā. Once Drona, the preceptor of the royal princes, organized an archery contest to test their proficiency. They were called upon one…

Focus on the Knee

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“Arjuna, the mighty bowman of the epic Mahābhārata, provides us with an example of what is meant by dhāranā. Once Drona, the preceptor of the royal princes, organized an archery contest to test their proficiency. They were called upon one by one to describe the target, which was pointed out to them. It was a nesting bird. Some princes described the grove of trees, others the particular tree or bough on which the nest stood. When Arjuna’s turn came, he described first the bird. Then he saw only the head, and lastly he could see nothing but the shining eye of the bird, which was the center of the target chosen by Drona.” –B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, Introduction.
In watching our mind in class or practice sometimes consciousness may evolve in this way toward more attentive concentrated states. The consciousness may start to be in the room more (versus our imaginary thoughts, ideas, memories etc.), and gradually comes on the the mat and within the body more and more. The teacher brings the attention over and over more specifically so that consciousness can start to penetrate and “see” within the inner workings of the body and being. This 1.5 hr. Level 2+ class studies and aligns the feet, shins, thighs, hips, pelvis and gradually the parts of the knee, so that we can witness the transformations and the interactions between them all in standings, inversions, and seated asana. Saturday 8-29-2020 copyright Jennifer Beaumont all rights reserved.

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