Vidya means knowledge and education, not just schooling, but life smarts as well. Vidya Lakshmi gives knowledge in the arts and sciences. Much like Saraswati, Vidiya Lakshmi sits on a lotus. She has four arms, she wears a white sari, carries two lotuses in her upper two hands and her lower two hands are in the abhaya (fear allaying) and varada (giving) mudras.
Through self study we can experience growth and share our talents in the world. It is through the archetypal Vidya Lakshmi that we can come to understand how to take all the knowledge we have, explore, integrate it and put it to use. Kahlil Gibran says, “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” In Western culture we are surrounded by mounds and mounds of information at our fingertips.
It is no longer important to be able to have access to tons of information it is more important what you are able to do with this information. Albert Einstein says that, “imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.” Vidya Lakshmi can help us sort through the information overload and discern what is important to us, creating something that is unique and expresses our own individuality in an abundant way.
There is a Hindu proverb that says, he who knows others is learned, he who knows himself is wise. Through the practice of yoga we know the niyamas, which Nicholai Bachman describes as personal practices and specifically svadhayaya which means self-study which means study by and of oneself. This sacred practice of yoga is an introspective journey to come to know your True Self. Through this study of ourselves we cultivate wisdom.
Yoga is a practice of inner reflection through which we come to know ourselves through our breath, our bodies, our thoughts and emotions. The simple practice of observing your breath allows you to unveil so much counsel about your present moment experience.
Just today I was speaking to three beautiful woman on our Namaste Yoga membership hangout. One of them was sharing with us that she has started to write a sci fi fantasy book for teens. I commented that yoga allows us to release all that garbage that no longer serves us so that our truest expression can come forth and we can speak our true voice in the world. That resonated with her.
Through Vidhya Lakshmi/yoga the value of your own unique expression of inner wisdom is revealed. Albert Einstein says, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Yoga will allow you to express your unique wisdom in the world with grace and ease and through that there will be no poverty or sorrow because you will be connected with the abundance of your True Self.
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Yoga Asanas/Yoga Postures: Mudra of the Inner Self, pranayama/breath awareness, supta padangusthasana/reclined hand to big toe pose, cat pose/marjariasana, thread the needle, pigeon pose/anahatasana, pigeon pose/eka pada rajakapotasana, Breath of Joy, Dancer pose/natarajasana, Triangle/trikonasana, Rabbit/Shashankasana, savasana, corpse pose