“Altar” your yoga space

Posted by blissologist on November 22, 2012

blissology yoga ocean worhsipping alter

One of the best ways I can recommend that you increase the soulfulness in your yoga practice and in your life is to create an altar in your practice space.

Altars signify that you have a space to create rituals. Rituals are consciously performed actions that connect to more intimately with a belief system. So often we forget the original meaning of rituals and they become mere habits with only a fraction of their original power.  We have to keep giving them power by performing them daily.

This is an example of the “Blissology” shrine in our home.  We start every morning with prayers or positive intentions around it.  It may be a little unorthodox, but I advise this.

An altar is most powerful when it is a reflection of your unique values and higher purpose.  In our shrine, you will find images of things you may expect, like a murti (statue) of Buddha or Ganesha, but also things that are important to my partner and I.  Personally, I am into nature, specifically the ocean because it is simply a miracle – one thing that blows me away every day is that something this powerful can exist and I aim to kindle my emotional connection to it.

As a society we have lost our connection to nature in an increasingly urban environment. This shrine helps me stop several times a day and reminds me that we are a part of nature, not apart from it. This lights me up and helps me make more clear decisions in my life.

It also makes for focus and calm in my yoga practice.

I hope you take the time to create a shrine. Here are our Top Four Tips for creating a Shrine.

i)  Make it personal
Find images of people and icons that speak to you
r unique values

ii) Make it beautiful
Something that uplifts the spirit

iii) Candles and Incense
They have always been use to create sacred space and they work. As we tell our young son, the smoke from the incense carries your intentions out into the universe! I’ve been enjoying the myinsens sticks recently.


iv) Make it central in the room
An altar should serve as a constant reminder of the values you are bringing into your life

Quick tour of my shrine:

eoin finn blissology yoga alter

1) Book of Buddhist Art from Tibet: Beautiful and uplifting
2) Hall of Maat Image from ancient Egypt: I love this because after we die, we have our hearts weighed to ensure they are as light as a feather. It’s a great reminder to me to appreciate and see the lightness in life.
3) Buddha: Classic wisdom. I love traveling in Asia because there are so many Buddha images in public spaces. In our efforts to make public spaces secular, we have only left room for commercial messages.
4) Obi Wan Kenobi: The force is with you. It’s a great message. “Don’t act from anger,” says the Jedi Master, “but from the wisdom of your heart.”
5) Candle from Desa Seni in Bali where we teach many of our retreats. I love the sacredness in daily life in Balinese Culture.
6) Ganesha: Because even blissologists have lives filled with obstacles. Most of them make me more clear about my life mission and can be blessings.
7) The Koran: I love wisdom from all traditions, especially Sufi masters
8) Sage and a shell: To burn away the old and welcome in the new, both reminders of our natural world.
9) Crystals: New agey, I know, but they sure are beautiful and who knows if they work cosmically.
10) Ocean Animals – because I surf beside them every day and consider them my family.
11) Jawbone from a sea lion I found in Baja. It reminds me of the fleetingness of life and that we need to keep the big picture of spreading love always in mind because nothing else matters.

If you are inspired to create a shrine, we would love to see it.

Please LIKE us on Facebook and share a photo of your own Altar on the Blissology Facebook Page You will be entered into a draw to win a free yoga download from the Blissology Project DVD by December 6, 2012.

NAMASTE + ALOHA.

Eoin.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Connection to mind body and spirit starts at home. We all need a sacred space to remind us of our connection to the Earth and ultimately the power of the Universe. I love you work Eoin. One day you’ll meet me at a YES retreat. Til then namaste!

  2. Lauren
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    thank you for posting this special post and sharing something that is most personal to you. I too have been looking to create an altar and this has given me the push I needed.

    thank you :)

  3. Posted December 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    thanks, lauren.
    hoping we can keep moving towards a positive attitude and spread our good vibe around!

  4. Posted December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    so true.
    thanks for your commitment to creating more love and bliss in the world, harrison!

  5. Posted September 13, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hay, Nice post and you have mentioned that you are using myInsens sticks. Currently I am using Nag Champa Incense Sticks from myInsens.

  6. Posted July 9, 2014 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Highly energetic article, I enjoyed that bit. Will there be a part
    2?

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