Posted April 14, 2014

Welcome to our weekly blog series! Each month we feature one of our amazing Bread and Yoga teachers sharing their thoughts or teachings from their class with you and our community. Today’s post is from our April blogger and Vinyasa teacher Shawna Emerick. Check back next week for another post from Shawna!


Hanuman has always fascinated me. Monkey face, human body. I have always been drawn to his images and chants, and yet, I never knew too much about him. What is his story? What can I learn from it? How can I use it in my daily living?

So, of course, this past week in my classes I used Hanuman, and we did hanumanasana, otherwise known as the splits!! Always good fun!

The reason for my choice in this, is as follows, “As he grows up, Hanuman is a mixture of elements. He is a vanara child, meaning he has those animal aspects— mischievousness, instinctiveness—but he also has divine elements. He is a mixture. He is in confusion.”

As I read more and more about him, I became ever more intrigued and lots of aspects about him and his life really resonated with me. I am not going to divulge the whole story hear, but I encourage you to discover it for yourself.

The big example from Hanuman is his devotion.

Whether you are on a spiritual path, religious path, or just a path to try to be the best version of yourself always, Hanuman and his story are there to support you. He reminds us all of our humble beginnings, our work towards the path we are dedicated to (whatever that may be for you), and that making mistakes along the way can happen, and that’s OK.

But the big example from Hanuman is his devotion. In his dedication to his path, his teachers, and his God and Goddess, many great things happen. He attains much energy and divine powers, of which he uses for purpose to help then save the Goddess of his devotion and bring her back to her husband. What’s amazing to some about this story, is that in his journey to save her, some say that it is actually a journey to him Self, to his own true nature. He must over come his “monkey” mind and animalistic instincts in order to discover his true nature. Hence, his devotion and dedication on his path resembles us, on our path, working, struggling, overcoming, and finding our Self; that Self which is pure, free of suffering, and truly divine.

“Hanuman represents an aspect of our psychology, our own spirituality, something that can be born within us.” (

So, no matter what your path is, remember Hanuman, and that all your work is not in vain.

Namaste dear reader!


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