Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny?
Have you ever heard the saying, "Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny?" What does that mean, and what can we learn about our evolution by studying the way infants develop in the womb?
Leslie on Shifting Samskaras:
Student: "How do you shift samskara [deep habit pattern] that is generated from bad childhood experiences?"
Leslie: "Make another samskara, a positive one that affirms your relationship to a universe that really wants to fill you with your next breath. Abhyasa and vairagya (practice and non-attachment) is the advice in the sutra. Connecting with the positive, disconnecting with the negative - they go hand in hand."
Pose Deconstructed: Matsyasana
For a more calming effect – particularly if using the Matsyasana as a counterpose – a focus on gentle abdominal breathing can be quite useful.
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