Rasa Sadhana - The Yoga of Emotions @ Abhaya Yoga, August 11, 2019. 12-3 P.M.
The Sanskrit word rasa translates to “juice”, “essence” “taste” and “bliss.” First written about in approximately 200 B.C. in a treatise on art and aesthetics, rasa theory presents us with 9 distinct human “moods” and somatic states that range from absolute disgust to the most blissful states of peace and love. According to tantric theory, a healthy person is able to experience or invoke all 9 rasas depending on what circumstances call for. Yet many of us tend to feel that our range of emotional experience is limited to a few familiar states. Many of us have the tendency to over identify with certain emotions, assuming that they are a fixed part of the personality rather than transient experiences. Rasa Sadhana (intentional practice of rasas) offers an approach that helps us disengage from addictive or toxic emotional states while increasing more agreeable rasas through embodied and experiential techniques. Through Rasa Sadhana we can learn to retrain our neuropathways, reactive behaviors, and emotional responses so that we may ultimately feel more peace, love and connection.