http://www.melissawest.com Sage Vyasa was meditating in the Himalayas. Lord Brahma appeared before him and asked him to write the Mahabharatham for the benefit of all. Sage Vyasa said that he could not compose the verse and write it down too and therefore asked for the help of someone wise, who would write down as he sang. Brahma asked sage Vyasa to pray to Lord Ganesha to help him. Ganesha told Vyasa that he had enormous work to do and hence he would write it down, only if Vyasa was quick in singing it. For his turn, Sage Vyasa requested that Ganesha should understand the meaning of the verse and only then put it down in writing. Vyasa started singing. Whenever he felt Ganesha was writing too fast for him, he would come up with a difficult verse, thus by the time Ganesha could decipher the meaning, he would have composed several more verses in his mind. Lord Ganesha wrote on Mount Meru using his tusk. Sage Vyasa is supposed to have sung 8,800 granthams, which were difficult for Ganesha to decipher. He has himself stated that Ganesha, Sage Vyasa himself and his Sugan are probably the only ones who know the meaning of those 8,800 granthams. Only the remaining one lakh granthams is assumed to be on the earth. The Mahabharatham is considered the fifth Veda. What should we take away from this story? Even the great and wise Ganesh showed incredible discernment. He didn’t trouble us with tones of esoteric knowledge and books and books of philosophy. He distilled the knowledge down into one book to be taken away. This is what the eagle does by soaring high in the sky, backs up to gain perspective. Today in class we will work with variations on eagle's pose. We can do this in our lives too, we can back away from a situation to gain perspective. We can also turn inwards in meditation into ourselves to find our own internal answers, blocking out all the noise of the world for perspective. Sometimes we need to zoom out, sometimes we need to zoom in and we can see the entire universe is waiting inside of us. We will practice working with this perspective in our class today. This class is dedicated to the very Happy 40th Birthday of Elisa Richmond!!!
Melissa West is a yoga instructor who helps people to surrender to peace in their lives by connecting to the vital energy within their body through breath, cultivating optimal functional movement by harnessing the power of gravity and increase overall mobility by creating more suppleness in the spine.