Yoga with Melissa 128, Ganesh Series: Ganesh Teaches Humility

by Melissa West on May 17, 2012

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Yoga with Melissa 128 is on Humility. It is the final class in a series of classes on the mythology of Ganesh. Each of these stories are archetypal and teaches us something about ourselves. In this story, Kubera, the God of wealth, invites Shiva, the God of destruction and his wife Parvati to dinner in order to show of his riches.

Shiva and Parvarti turn down Kuberas invitation and send Ganesh instead. Kubera is a bit wounded and insulted insisting that he could feed thousands of children like Ganesh. Ganesh goes to Kubera’s palance and true to his form sits down and eats all the food placed in front of him. As was custom, more and more food is placed in front of Ganesh, as his appetite seems to be insatiable! Ganesh eats and eats until there was no more food to be found and Kubera is forced to send his troops to find food from surrounding villages. Ganesh was still very hungry and actually began to eat all the furniture. Kubera became very frightened!

Ganesha told Kubera, “You promised my parents you would feed me! Now I have to eat you up as I am still very hungry!” Kubera ran away and pleaded with Shiva to save him from Ganesha. Shiva advised Kubera to give up his pride and serve Ganesha a simple handful of rice. Kubera went back to his palace. Ganesha’s stomach had become very huge, but the child as still hungry. When Kubera served a cup of rice, with humility, Ganesha’s hunger was indeed satisfied.

This story teaches us that a handful of rice given with love and eaten with love is more important and filling than all the wealth of Kubera flaunted to impress the world and all the Gods. In today’s class we will practice humility with half moon balancing pose and triangle pose. We will also practice turning inwards and listening to the messages of our own bodies and following our breath. This class offers and opportunity to open your hips, a “humble” yet extremely effective backbend called sphinx pose that should be a counter pose to life, as well as Kubera mudra.

Yoga with Melissa 128, Ganesh Series: Ganesh Teaches Humility
We should never take undue pride in our material or spiritual accomplishments. The old saying “Pride always leads to a fall.” is proved true in the following story. Kubera (the God of wealth) invited Shiva and Parvati to dinner wishing to show off his riches.

Yoga with Melissa 128 is on Humility. It is the final class in a series of classes on the mythology of Ganesh. Each of these stories are archetypal and teaches us something about ourselves. In this story, Kubera, the God of wealth, invites Shiva, the God of destruction and his wife Parvati to dinner in order to show of his riches.

Shiva and Parvarti turn down Kuberas invitation and send Ganesh instead. Kubera is a bit wounded and insulted insisting that he could feed thousands of children like Ganesh. Ganesh goes to Kubera’s palance and true to his form sits down and eats all the food placed in front of him. As was custom, more and more food is placed in front of Ganesh, as his appetite seems to be insatiable! Ganesh eats and eats until there was no more food to be found and Kubera is forced to send his troops to find food from surrounding villages. Ganesh was still very hungry and actually began to eat all the furniture. Kubera became very frightened!

Ganesha told Kubera, “You promised my parents you would feed me! Now I have to eat you up as I am still very hungry!” Kubera ran away and pleaded with Shiva to save him from Ganesha. Shiva advised Kubera to give up his pride and serve Ganesha a simple handful of rice. Kubera went back to his palace. Ganesha’s stomach had become very huge, but the child as still hungry. When Kubera served a cup of rice, with humility, Ganesha’s hunger was indeed satisfied.

This story teaches us that a handful of rice given with love and eaten with love is more important and filling than all the wealth of Kubera flaunted to impress the world and all the Gods. In today’s class we will practice humility with half moon balancing pose and triangle pose. We will also practice turning inwards and listening to the messages of our own bodies and following our breath. This class offers and opportunity to open your hips, a “humble” yet extremely effective backbend called sphinx pose that should be a counter pose to life, as well as Kubera mudra.

Props Needed: Yoga Strap, yoga blocks, folded blanket or meditation cushion

Yoga Postures or Asanas: Supta Padangusthasana or Hand to Big Toe Pose, Supta Virasana or Half Hero’s Pose, keyhole stretch or figure four pose, frog pose or mandukasana, ardha mandukasana or half frog, eka pada raja kapotasana or pigeon pose, Triangle or trikonasana, half Moon Balancing Pose or ardha chandrasana, sphinx pose or salamba bhujangasana, matsyendrasana or half lord of the fishes pose, half Cow’s Face Forward Fold or ardha gomukhasana, Moon Channel Breath or chandrasana pranayama, Kubera Mudra

 

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