It has been awhile since the last entry – much has happened. My yoga practice continues, the first term of school year is coming to an end, and, yes, it is officially winter.
Lately I have been noticing an important lesson that yoga has taught me. To my surprise not only do I still find that yoga is an excellent workout, it is changing the way I move through life (off the mat). Moving through my volunteer time at the yoga studio and my yoga practice I have become aware of my pace. My tendency is to rush through things in a heightened state — sort of an unending panic mode. Somehow I am moving away from that state and moving into a more grounded, steady, state of being, in life.
Hello, can you say liberating? [say it with me now… l i b e r a t i n g]
Life is busy. Many of us seem to revel in the busy-ness of our everyday lives.
You know the conversation, “How have you been?”, ” Oh!? Ohmigosh I’ve been so busy! Doing this, that, this, that, thisthatthisthatthisthatthisthat…”. We become lulled into a state of acceptance along with some form of acknowledgement. Accepting that life is, well, just busy. And if my life isn’t busy, than what does that say about me? What will others think? It is as if we feel being busy means that what we are doing is important and that it makes us more important (or maybe more accepted) in this world. Granted, we all have those times in life when we seem to have a never ending list of little, tedious tasks that we need to get done in order to be able to do the things we want to do. What I am referring to is beyond the occasional busy day, its the busy – every – day situations.
One of my favorite moments in yoga class is Tadasana (see photo). When we move through the various poses and into tadasana I feel an energy moving through the pose that comes from within, it feels as if energy radiates from my centre throughout my body and out my extremities. The active breath reflects this as I feel as if oxygen is drawn in through my fingers, toes, and head, through my limbs and into my chest. Exhaling through each pore of my skin. The tension in my neck melts away and my shoulders ease from the weight of the day. It is truly a beautiful thing.
In the end, Tadasana does not allow one to be busy with anything else but standing aligned, breathing. So simple, yet so important to take that moment of time to just stand, in stillness.
Winter has officially arrived, blanketing our city with a layer of sparkling, fluffy, white snow – the beauty of snow is that it dampens the sounds of the city and creates a calm, a silence. Today, instead of giving in to the negativity that arrives with the limitations that winter can often bring, I suggest that we take our cue from nature. Stop, listen beyond the dulled sounds of the city, and hear the blanket of snow. Breathe deeply, feel the coolness of the air washing through your body, calming and soothing the racing business of your day.