Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini
It's no secret that I love Star Wars, I cruise around town in my Jeep with Vader at my back.
I've loved star wars since i was a very young "jedi" so I find it a bit funny that i am able to relate star wars to yoga.
Last night I was reviewing the Gunas, or yogic natures or energies, for my upcoming exam. I started to think about this galaxy far, far away, how the jedis used the force to maintain it's sattvic ways. And how Darth Vader, although often misunderstood, epitomizes the dark side (with or without cookies). He is Tamas. He is evil, dark, and rotten.
Then you have Yoda. All knowing, enlightened, wise, and good he is. Yoda is ultimately Sattvic. We all strive and try to be like Yoda, but "do or do not, there is no try".
Luke Skywalker, our young hero, is filled with desire to see what was out there in that big, bold, universe and to become a great Jedi, this was bold, and passionate, and down right rajasic. Not until young Skywalker learns the way of the sattva guna and even the "force" beyond all of the gunas and after many long, rajasic battles, the universe is finally restored back to the realms of it's sattvic nature.
And further yet we all have ALL of these qualities within us, that we must keep balanced, if Yoda's light saber wielding skills went to his ears he could have tipped into a rajastic realm, but he maintained vision and balance, remained wise and steadfast and true. Maybe if Anakin wouldn't have been so angry and been true to his ujjayi breathing he wouldn't have choked Padme into unconsciousness, thus breaking her heart and will to live, if he would have backed down off that passion and ego he could have been a great hero and used his powers for good leading to a pure and sattvic life.
But maybe it was late. Maybe i had studied too much or too long and was slightly delerious, but i certainly won't forget the Gunas on this test for
In a galaxy, far, far away
were those yogis trying to balance
forces of nature, or gunas, to bring back peace to their
beautiful and once
gooooooooood niiiiiiiiight sweet yogis!
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.