Yoga with Melissa 162 Happy Baby Pose, Lakshmi Series, Maha Lakshmi, Intermediate Class

by Melissa West on January 25, 2013

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Maha Lakshmi Happy Baby Pose: Intermediate Class

Props Needed: Bloster, Strap

Yoga Asanas/Yoga Postures: Deep Belly Breathing, Supta Pandangusthasana/Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose, Anjaneyasana/Lunge Pose, Utthan Pristhasana/Lizard, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana/Pigeon, Malasana/Garland Pose, Chair Pose/Utkatasana, Rabbit Pose/Sasankasana, Salabhasana/Locust, Rollover, Ananda Balasana/Happy baby pose

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Show Notes

Yoga 162 Maha Lakshmi Happy Baby Pose: Intermediate Class

Last week we began the series with the eight forms of Lakshmi we started with Aadi Lashmi, the great Lakshmi, also known as Maha Lakshmi. In episode 161 of we focussed on her association with the lotus flower and its connection with the womb and creation. Since then I’ve had more insight into this that I would like to share with you.

I would like to be so bold to say that Maha Lakshmi is the Goddess of birth and new beginnings. Since she is the womb that contains all of life, she knows what it is to birth something. I’ve been thinking about this metaphor of growing something in your womb, and then labouring it to birth since teaching the class.

Prior to birth, there is a period of gestation. It is the the development of the embryo of a viviparous mammal between conception and birth; it takes about 266 days in humans and 624 days in elephants. This is true of anything that we want to birth. It takes time to develop an idea or plan in our mind before it comes to fruition. No matter how much we want to, we cannot rush this process.

After the period of gestation there is the process of labour. This can be downright painful to actually birth your idea, to get it out into the world! And, it involves work!

After you go through the birthing process you have a baby, not an adult. You have a project in its infancy. This week as I launched the continuing education course for teachers I was reminded by Maha Lakshmi to begin at the beginning. Allow yourself to go through all the stages, gestation, labour, and allow yourself to be at the beginning as a baby.

When we start new things, we are like babies! It is a good idea to be gentle with ourselves like babies … and to take lots of extra time to rest, sleep and nap like babies! That is how we will integrate all our new information. That is how babies manage in a world where everything is new.

Maha Lakshmi can help you with this. Call upon her to help you with your process of gestation, labour, birthing, being a baby, and being present to each stage of your path. Ask her to dispel your fear. Ask her to help you to appreciate each and every stage of the journey. Don’t feel the need to rush to the end of the path!

Are you at the beginning of something in your life? Are you trying to rush to get to the end? What would it be like to be a beginner? a baby? Leave your comments below and let me know. I would love to hear all about it.

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