Alasa – lazy
«The worker who is always engaged in work against the injunctions of the scripture, who is materialistic, obstinate, cheating and expert in insulting others, and who is lazy, always morose and procrastinating is said to be a worker in the mode of ignorance» (Bhagavad-gītā, 18.28).
Indolence and inertia differ from laziness, because they imply doing nothing even when something should be done. This is a quality of tamas, the characteristic of spiritual ignorance and darkness. Alasa is this kind of laziness, so much so that the term is translated as “inactive” and “weak” too.
Reflect well on this quote, Virgin, because this month there is a risk that an inclination to laziness and a stiffening of obstinacy creep into you. Low vitality and not always easy communications could bring you down. Take it as a normal step in the transition to change. Don’t forget that you really want the change and that tamas is instead the very emblem of stasis and stagnation.
Bring again some rajas, activation, in you with this short sequence:
Trikona-āsana, triangle pose. Lateral poses are known as the aerobic positions of yoga for their action on the heart. // 1-2 min. per side.
Pārśvakona-āsana, side angle. Even more stimulation for your heart, as well as a good work on the base to keep you with your feet on the ground. // 1-2 min. per side.
Pārśvottāna-āsana, intense stretch to the side. Always firmly grounded on your legs, lower your head and hold your concentration to find inner and outer balance. // 1-2 min. per side.
TOTAL TIME: from 6 to 12 minutes.
MANTRA of the MONTH: «I am active».