What if the purpose of yoga changed day to day?
Lately I have been struggling with the transition of practising yoga 2-3 days a week to 6 days a week. I’ve mentioned in a few posts now how this means that I no longer choose every class I go to and that I’m not always at “my best.” But, I learned today that each of the six days of a yoga practise represents a different “kind” of practise based on the planets connected to the days of the week. This connection occurs both in many traditions, including Hindu astrology and in the naming of the days during the Roman Empire.
You may or may not have realized, but the names of the days of the week provide clues as to which planet they represent:
Sunday – Sun
Monday – Moon
Tuesday (Mardi, in French) – Mars
Wednesday (Mercredi, in French) – Mercury
Thursday (Jeudi, in French) – Jupiter
Friday (Vendredi, in French)- Venus
Saturday – Saturn
Today is Thursday and as Thursday is connected to the planet Jupiter, which is big and expansive, our instructor encouraged us to explore our practise and research new possibilities.
Lesson from Day 13
Instead of expecting the same thing for our practise day after day, we can go into each practise expressing a different quality depending on the day of the week. This brought some freshness to my practise today, which was otherwise starting to become quite routine.
To learn more about these different qualities, click here.
How can you express those qualities in your practise?
© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.