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Maureen's Ramble of the Month: PERFECTIONISM and me, and you and everyone
The other day as I was making my bed in the morning….as I was seeking to rid the puffy duvet of ALL the wrinkles……I suddenly had the most insistent, repeated message (more felt than heard)
that what I was caught up in doing was an attempt at Perfectionism, which as every good yogi knows is a state of being that is impossible to attain. (More on that below!)
How fun was that insight?!
Perfect. Flawless. Without wrinkles. By Jove, what a complete and utter waste of time!
One of the Sanskrit words for Perfection is purna which is usually translated as fullness or wholeness. A feeling, more or less, that everything is alright. A ‘zone’ if you like, that for sure, cannot be maintained for long before life jumps right up and taps you on the shoulder (or elsewhere.) A zone like no other. Where everything that is seen and felt is like a field of fullness and joy!
Yet, the teachings of Yoga inform us that we already ARE perfection, and that we need not strive for this state. This state of being called purnum already exists – without our striving for it. To that point, there exists a short mantra “That is Perfect.” “Ah hum Purnum Ah Hum”
And then there is the opening invocation of the Isha Upanishad, a Sanskrit text that delves into the knowledge of the Self. A beautiful mantra as follows:
Translation: That is Whole. This is Whole.
The Whole arises from the Whole.
Having taken the Whole from the Whole,
Only the Whole remains.
Translation by Zoë Slatoff-Ponté
Why would we want to repeat this mantra:
This passage expresses the fundamental idea that the One and the Many are the same; the visible and the invisible, the microcosm and the macrocosm are both the Whole. Simply put—we are one. When we feel alone or misunderstood, this mantra can help us refocus our thoughts.
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She has trained with Erich Schiffmann of Santa Monica, California,
the Desikachars of India, and Angela Farmer of Greece, among
others. Maureen teaches a flowing Vinyasa Style yoga class,
integrating techniques from Viniyoga(henceforth to be known
as Yoga in the style of Krishnamacharya) ...and favours function
and feeling, over form.
She is known throughout the industry for innovative sequencing.