I'm so happy to welcome back my friend and colleague Rey Cardenas! Rey is a master of symbology and alignment. With these two elements combined, I find his work and his way of sharing yoga to be just what the doctor ordered, especially for the at home yogi wanting to go deeper. He is kind, his heart is big, he inspires me to keep learning and he knows his stuff. Part workshop, part practice, this session is sure to challenge you and leave you feeling inspired too! If you like this video be sure to check out his practice based on The Magician. I hope you enjoy!
This practice is inspired by the High Priestess.
She is the symbol of gnosis which is the 2nd stage of genuine spiritual experience. The definition of gnosis is knowledge of spiritual mysteries. Gnosis is reflection on the pure act of mystical experience (symbolized by the Magician).
Here is a quote from Meditations on the Tarot regarding gnosis: “The pure act in itself cannot be grasped; it is only its reflection which renders it perceptible, comparable and understandable or, in other words, it is by virtue of the reflection that we become conscious of it.”
In yoga, your body reflects meaning back to you through sensation. “The Magician dares - for this reason he is standing. The High Priestess knows - this is why she is seated.” The active passivity of sitting upright and alert is ideal state for gnosis to occur. In this practice we will practice sitting poses that culminate into asta vakrasana which is the next progression of the arm balance we did in the Magician video.
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