This is the second part of the “Angry Birds™ Yoga” series. Other parts will be published in the upcoming days. Click here for Part I.
The Yellow Bird
Fast and penetrating, the Yellow Bird represents your intelligence. Yoga means using your intelligence in carving out your path in life and sorting out your priorities, in knowing what is true and what is false, what is valuable and what is useless. Too often we misuse our intelligence and let green pigs in our life bring us misery and defeat. Like the Yellow Bird, our intelligence can attack a problem from different angles, with great precision and impressive results. But, misused or poorly directed, it can be utterly useless, flying off into nothingness, missing the target. Intelligence can be applied to solving mundane objectives, but you can achieve far greater wellbeing when you learn to apply your intelligence to life’s deeper questions, to seeking your true place in life, to finding what will make you look back in your life and say, “yes, that was worth it, that was a life well lived, I did the best I could with my life”.
Yellow Bird Yoga Lesson: Sharpen your intelligence, think hard, think deep!
The Red Bird
What’s red and has been there with you from the very beginning? What’s common, yet very useful? Your tongue! Yes, this most valuable, yet often unappreciated appendage is given special importance in yoga. The tongue is said to be the most difficult part of your body to control. Its importance lies in the fact that you can redefine your life by two simple every-day acts, in which the tongue plays a central role: eating and speaking. By eating unhealthy foods, you become unhealthy, and by eating foods obtained through violence, you become violent. So too, by speaking foolishly, you become a fool. On the other hand, by eating pure and healthy foods, you become pure and healthy. Similarly, by speaking words that are beneficial, true and pleasing, or by remaining silent otherwise, you become peaceful and happy. And lastly, by vibrating transcendental mantras, you will be able to transcend all kinds of material problems.
Red Bird Yoga Lesson: use your tongue wisely!
The Blue Bird
The Blue Bird represents knowledge of our three bodies. Though the Blue Bird seems to be one, it can only achieve its maximum potential when activated into three. Likewise, we have three bodies: the physical body, the mental body and the spiritual body. We must understand them and learn to engage the three of them in a single objective to achieve our highest potential. Top athletes, dancers, martial artists, etc. know that unless the mind is clear and highly focused, there is no possibility of excellence in their respective fields. In Yoga we learn to become aware of not only our body and mind, but also our core eternal self. This is the original meaning of the word “self-realization”. Not only should we learn to distinguish one from the other, but we should also learn to direct all three with a single purpose – aligned, in unison and, most importantly, for the benefit of the eternal self. Too often we act while barely aware of our physical body, with our minds shut down or somewhere else and in complete forgetfulness of our eternal self. Of course, this brings us no joy, nor good results.
Blue Bird Yoga Lesson: develop knowledge of your three bodies, activate them in all you do and prioritize the needs of your eternal self, the real you.
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