By LORI ABBOTTS
Daily News Staff
Saje Sanctuary in Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas, will hold a Mythical Movement workshop Sunday at 11 a.m., linking individual yoga poses with the unique stories behind them.
Yoga is a mind and body practice with a 5,000-year history steeped in ancient Indian philosophy. Yogic tradition is inspired by nature, history, spiritual philosophy and ancient mythology. Each pose has a story behind it connecting to ancient myths. The workshop is dedicated to exploring these sacred poses, bridging the gap from myths to modern life and guiding practitioners to their fullest expression of the pose.
“The workshop is to not only give people a wonderful yoga session, but also to show why we do these poses and what energy it is bringing out,” said Saje Sanctuary owner Jet’aime Cerge.
The workshop is the first in a series, each dedicated to a single pose. It will focus on “natarajasana,” the dancer’s pose.
“It’s full of symbolism,” said instructor Caroline LaFauci. “Shiva is also known as the cosmic dancer and is usually depicted doing the dance of life in a ring of fire, dancing on a dwarf, which symbolizes ignorance. So, in this pose, you are dancing the dance of life and the fire can burn away your fear and ignorance, anything that doesn’t serve you and anything that keeps you from being you.”
Multiple variations and modifications of each pose will be explored to appeal to all levels and abilities, whether you are a seasoned yogi or are new to the practice.
The workshop is $20. Participants should bring water and a mat. Call 340-775-7253 for more information and to reserve a spot.