Late posting of the July Newsletter Director Letter:
One of my favorite Sanskrit words is Moksha. It means liberation, freedom from bondage, emancipation. This time of year it’s one of the ways I like to connect the ancient practice of yoga with the “new world” we live in, one in which independence is celebrated, especially on July 4th. For me, shifting the focus from independence to freedom makes a world of difference.
Moksha is one of the four aspects and goals of human life; the other three goals are Dharma (purpose, path, duty), Artha (material means to fulfill your dharma), and Kama (pleasure, beauty, sensuality). Together, these four aims of life are called Puruṣārtha, the human purpose, or goal.
This construct, which comes from Hinduism, allows that all four of these aspects (called The Four Desires in Rod Stryker’s book of the same title) are important for fulfillment. Beauty and sensuality are as important as following one’s purpose, and the pursuit of freedom.
May your July be full of Moksha, and the other important aspects of a rich and full life. Balance is the key!
Check out our amazing events schedule for summer, including a visit from MC Yogi on July 27, free Yoga in the Park starting Saturday July 12, Full Moon Soundbath August 8 with Megan Costello, Yoga Philosophy and Mythology Series and a Surya Namaskar Workshop with James Boag, and Yoga Sutras Lecture with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait September 4.
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, Owner
8 Limbs Yoga Centers