By Andrea (Arya) Perry
Interviewed by Lori (Priya) Kenney
When the Shavasana Course was offered last year, I knew I needed to take it. My goal is to live in and from the state of Self all the time. On an ongoing basis, I note how deeply I am seated in Self. Yet I vacillate, moving up and down like waves. Sometimes I’m deep and sometimes I’m barely touching the water. I live in the future a lot and I’m constantly planning. I try to figure out what I’m going to do and how to do it. In Meditation Teacher Training I learned a key question: “Is your mind with your body?”
I needed body and breath practices to get my mind with my body. Gurudevi confirmed this: “…you use Anavopaya, starting with body and breath steadily weaving yourself back into a whole again. That wholeness becomes a profound feeling of holiness, the sanctity of our own Self.” (Freedom – July 2022 Teachings Article)
She further confirmed my need for the Shavasana Course. She wrote about how you get lost in your mind and senses, and that yoga says to stay in your body (Perception & Action – September 2022 Teachings Article). I knew the Shavasana Course would help me settle into my body and my own Self.
The Shavasana Course delivered just what I needed. It had been a long time since I had been that deep from physical practices. It got my mind back into my body and infinitely more. We had six continuous days of two and a half hours, including various Shavasanas along with meditation. The course embodied and enlivened me.
It was the Amazing Grace of Kundalini that dissolved my tensions, created openings and enlivened my body. I felt gratitude for Kundalini’s generous gifts. I felt more open physically and multi-dimensionally. I experienced the bliss of being, lying on my back. I experienced deeply resting in Self.
I returned to my busy life and long list of to-do’s. This message arose in my mind: “Be Shiva doing the doing! Focus on your Shiva-ness instead of on the doing. When grounded in your Shiva-ness, there is no need for constant, overwhelming mental activity. Things needing to get done will get done with efficiency and ease.”
I feel blessed for the gift of so many practices and tools that help me toward my goal. And I feel blessed that Gurudevi guides me.