I got a kick out of this sign I saw yesterday on the drive toward McCloud, Calif., home base for a week of learning about Ashtanga second series — with some gorgeous hiking on Mt. Shasta interspersed each day. Getting closer to Mt. Shasta, which is a dormant volcano, made me think of different kinds of heat and their effects. My first thoughts were drawn to the kind of fiery energy that’s not so productive — a fiery explosion that causes destruction.
I know a thing or two about a fiery energy of the emotional kind. Ask anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being in the car while I was driving angry. I get worked up about something and get enraged and I spew harsh, negative energy. What good does it do?
I’ve been trying to work on it, and I do better some days than others. My father used to say I was born in the year of the dragon, and I had a temper to match a dragon’s fiery breath. Yoga helps. Being around people who are always calm and have their wits about them helps.
I hope eventually, my emotionally volcanic days are also a mere legacy and not an active status.
In the yogic tradition, there’s another kind of fire that is productive because it purifies. It’s called tapas. That’s a far better kind of heat, and it’s the type of heat I am especially seeking this week.
Speaking of which, it’s time for our first morning class — guided Ashtanga second series, followed by a short road trip to a sweat lodge.
>>Read about the first week of this year’s Mt. Shasta retreat from the Confluence Countdown team.
In this series:
- Departures and arrivals
- Feeding the body, mind and spirit: An exercise in less is more
- Economic bubbles, bubble baths and a breath of fresh air
- A girl and a guru
- The flexibility of fearlessness
- ‘Volcanic legacy’
- A girl, a volcano and a ring
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