Scientists discuss at great length how far the human eye can actually see to the horizon and whether one is far enough out to sea that they can perceive the curvature of the earth. We talk about these elements a lot in yoga and through our metaphysical intellect, but the intensity with which I experienced this culmination point and vista, the peninsula (at the end of, or beginning of the earth) and the horizon line, brought with it a real sense of the Truth of being grounded in eternity, for me. The eternal lapping of the ocean rocking me to sleep each night, the rise and fall of the sun each day, and the horizon became my constant companions on this trip, rejuvenating and refreshing my mind, body, and spirit. This is the ground that has been under my feet and sky above my head since I came into this physical reality. As above, so below. I became so acutely conscious of the comfort in this backdrop of unchanging elementals that my body began to sing at a cellular level. I was up early each day greeting my yoga practice as the sun arose and anxious to rest on that horizon line, the interconnection of all things. It has always been available to me that I would have the eyes to see.
Yoga is Sanskrit for Union. Yoga/Union is the blissful state of being fully present and connected. In our daily practice we breathe in the Life Force, rest between our thoughts and begin to reconnect to our own hearts, desires and higher purpose. This healing and transcendent experience is simply not available via smart phone; pc; tv or radio. While technology can provide an infinite stream of information, we must learn to pick and choose what, where, when and how we assimilate that information. Tapping into our inner stream of consciousness we learn to prioritize our lives manifesting gratitude, joy and contentment.
When committed, we inherently contract with ourselves to grow and expand our lives.
Have you already tried Yin Yoga?
If you are looking to reduce stress and balance your energy, while also improving your physical flexibility and self-healing power, you should definitely give it a try!
Yin Yoga is becoming extremely popular as an effective and therapeutic healing modality because it alleviates chronic pain and stiffness. It is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Longer holds allow for the deeper release of tension.
In traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the time of detoxifying and cleansing. The element associated with springtime is wood, the color is green and the organ influences are that of the gall bladder and liver.
There are many indications of toxicity in the body: allergies; lethargy; weight gain; mucous and congestion anywhere in the body; pain; constipation; moodiness; PMS; and the list goes on… Our bodies are intimately connected to the earth and its elemental influences.If we are paying attention to the signs of our bodies (symptoms) and the signs in nature (seasons; weather; plants; animal messengers; skies; sun; moon cycles) we are moving forward in a harmonious flow with all that is.
When we hear the word “Chakra” it often gets dismissed as lofty or “woo-woo” in a sort of New Age-y, roll of the eyes, manner.
In reality the Chakra System is a proven, empowering and logical frame of reference for understanding the truth of our being, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It provides a thorough and accurate classification for decoding illness, emotional affliction and human suffering on the deepest of levels. With methodical knowledge reaped from a clear understanding of the energy or light centers in the human body, we can achieve profound healing for our self(s), learn what it means to be healthy and make the necessary adjustments to create a full and happy life.
As published, Natural Awakenings Magazine - December 2018
There is an art and method to the savoring of a Life. It requires intention and spaciousness. Our intention is necessary in a prioritizing and “goal-setting” sort of way – to make room for the byproduct, spaciousness. In the spaciousness, time becomes available to value what is in the foreground of my unique and individual life. “What is presenting itself at this moment for my consideration?” The consideration element is crucial as our minds cannot possibly access and process the depth of those things worth savoring in just an instant.
Paradoxical in its simplicity, this common phrase offers a succinct commentary on the path to enlightenment. “Enlightenment” as defined by the process of discovering the true self. For most of us, this process only begins after the lower self has really made a mess of things in its quest to be the One. However, it is not the One.
Have you ever just settled into your breath at the beginning of a class, your body-mind remembering the peace and sanctity on your mat, your breath drawing you deeper within…and suddenly the startling sound of a mat being slapped down indiscriminately interrupts your Zen, the teacher’s dialog and your personal process?
These are incredible times. We are in the midst of great wonder, beauty and peril. We are ushering in a new era, and in seasons of great change - great resistance rises. This is evident not only on a global level, but within each individual human life we are being asked to let go of attachment and “the way things are/were” in favor of unprecedented change and great uncertainty.
What keeps you from slipping into your greatest aspirations and living your wildest dreams? I recall an old poster hanging on my wall as an adolescent, a beautiful, giant, blue butterfly and the sentiment read, “You can fly, but that cocoon has got to go.” What’s holding you back? Tired relationships? Destructive behaviors and self-talk? All that chronic negativity that we often wear like a badge of honor destroys vitality, joy and forward movement.