I love this expression my teacher uses when describing a way to connect to the yoga tradition – plugging in. When you plug an electric appliance into an outlet, the rush of electricity brings it to life and enables it to do whatever it is it’s supposed to do. When you are able to connect to the wisdom, insight and depth of knowledge of your yoga lineage, you experience the same surge that brings in new energy and inspiration.
There are many ways to establish that connection, but chanting seems to work especially well. Both the meaning of the chant and it’s vibrational quality affect the energy and help you feel more like a conduit of knowledge. The short practice below uses several simple chants to help you connect to those who practice yoga around you, your teacher, your teacher’s teacher and so forth all the way back to Patanjali. This is an integrative practice that includes asana, chanting and meditation.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
“Plugging into the lineage” yoga practice