From Darkness to Light, Durga Series: Katyayani Durga, Yoga with Melissa 187

by Melissa West on July 19, 2013

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Durga Series: Katyayani Durga


Namaste-Yoga-187Katyayani Durga is the sixth form of Durga and she is worshiped on the sixth day of Navaratri. She is the daughter of the sage Katyayana. She has four arms. In her arms she carries a sword, shield, lotus and her final hand offers a blessing. Katyayani Durga rides a lion.

Katyayana the sage took a penance so his daughter would be born divine. His prayers were answered and Durga took the form of his daughter and Katyayani was born. Katyayani persistently battles against evil and deceit. She helps us to annihilate our fears and enemies, both internal and external. She helps us dispel darkness in terms of the harmful tendencies from your life.

Reflect on when a beautiful daughter is born as an answer to sincere prayers. She brings a lot of light and hope into that family. That is how it is with Kayayani Durga. She dispels darkness and brings light into your life. Today we will be focussing on the contrast between darkness and light and moving through darkness and light with our yoga asanas, mudra and mantra.

Props Needed:

Yoga Mat, Yoga Blanket

Asanas/Yoga Postures:

Supta Ardha Chandrasana/Reclined Half Moon Pose, 1/2 Squat, Down Dog to Up Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana to Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Divine Light Invocation, Moon Salutation/ Chandranamaskar, Matsyendrasana/half lord of the fishes pose. Mudra of Inner Self

Mantra:

Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

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