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YOGAVERMONT - what do words actually do — & Evening Classes

“We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own
YOGAVERMONT - what do words actually do — & Evening Classes
By Sarah  • Issue #82 • View online
“We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society… Our social environment has this power just because we do not exist apart from a society. Society is our extended mind and body. Yet the very society from which the individual is inseparable is using its whole irresistible force to persuade the individual that they are indeed separate! Society as we now know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules.”
This book by Alan Watts is delicious and very much illuminates some of the concepts we’ve been contemplating(see below for a short Alan Watts video). It made me wonder about Aprigraha again. How often do I think I have original words when they are the words I heard or saw, even through a peripheral sense? How can I listen so that I honor the words and thoughts of others? How in a world that often values certain voices over others do I create practices of listening to a more diverse group of voices?
It made me consider the cultural ritual of asking someone, ‘What do you do?’ And in response we answer with ‘I am… ’ I’ll admit I had one of the light bulb moments about how this ritual forces us to define our self as ‘the doer’. I could almost hear Professor Rambachan"s voice (from our Sunday night Philosophy Watch Party) say with a giggle, ‘We are not the phone, we know we are not the cow, but what about the body –are we the body?… And the poem says I am, not that. I am, Atma, pure conciousness existing all the time .
I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self. I am not the five senses. I am beyond that. I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind (i.e. the five elements). I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.
-Nirvana Shatakam, translation from
Since we chatted about using gender inclusive language during Yoga Teacher Training, I’ve been churning this idea of how words make shapes in our brain. It’s such a clear example of how language shapes what we see & what a fun challenge it can be to shift our language. This question of What do you do? is intended to initiate connection between two people and yet causes separation. If we find different words could it create connection and inclusion rather than separation?
“Words belong to each other,” Virginia Woolf observed in the only surviving recording of her voice. “Words are events, they do things, change things,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote many decades later in contemplating the magic of real conversation. The poet David Whyte marveled at “..their beautiful hidden and beckoning uncertainty” as he set out to reclaim the deeper meanings of everyday words. But what do words actually do — what is their responsibility to us and our’s to them?

If anyone would like a primary series guide send us a note!
If anyone would like a primary series guide send us a note!
Evening Classes!
Sunday: Beginning Ashtanga 5pm Sarah
Philosophy Watch Party 6pm Sarah
Tuesday: Primary 5pm Issac
Wednesday: Primary 5pm Kathy
Thursday: Begnning Ashtanga 5pm Kathy

Everyone is welcome to everything. You are always welcome to come to the Beginning Ashtanga and do your own practice. We love practicing with you, we love your company.
Yoga Teacher Training Now Up On YouTube!
Yoga Vermont: Primary + a little more Aprigraha
Yoga Vermont: Primary + a little more Aprigraha
Keeping the teaching and the practice available and accessible makes our hearts full. Our YouTube Channel continues to get filled with treats. Saturday’s classes are now being posted there!
Philosphy Watch Party
Nirvana Shatkam - 2 by Prof. Anatanand Rambachan
Nirvana Shatkam - 2 by Prof. Anatanand Rambachan
Last week we made it to the end of the second lecture. Join us on zoom Sunday at 6pm with your knitting and hot chocolate or while you are cooking and we’ll begin the third video. We plan on keeping these sessions short, some chit chat and 20 minutes or so of video watching. -Sarah
Reads & Views
Alan Watts - The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
The Lava Dwellers, Big Island, Hawai‘i: These People Live on One of the Most Active Volcanoes on Earth - Honolulu Magazine
Denmark launches children's TV show about man with giant penis — The Guardian
On Craftsmanship: The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf's voice by brainpicker | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Love you & Everyone you love
Yoga Vermont | Patreon
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