Death is intimate, sacred and secretive. Learning how to live and learning how to die are equally important to a yogi. We are here in the physical body to live life fully, embracing all joyful and challenging experiences as a sacred weaving of life. Embracing joy is easy; living life gracefully while facing illness or grieving death are not as readily taught and accepted as an integral part of life.
It's hard to believe that it's been a month since I lost my grandmother. At the same time it's hard to believe it's only been a month. Time seems to stop completely when you are grieving. Life continues forward although your world has come to a crashing halt.
For anyone out there who may be going through grief right now, I am so sorry for your loss. Grief is a process that I'm not sure ever ends, but just constantly transforms. One thing I've learned is to surrender into is the act of s l o w i n g d o w n. Although we've been conditioned to move constantly from one thing to the next, it's okay to pause. It's okay to take a break. It's okay to give yourself some time.
Through all of the sorrow, I've found a way to be thankful. I feel like I appreciate life even more than I did before. I feel like I like value others more, aware of just how precious our lives really are. Whether going through grief or not, I hope you find a way to see the value in the life that you're living.
This is whole. That is whole. When a portion of wholeness is removed, what remains is whole.
1. Yoga for Grief and Loss Karla Helbert
2. The Purnamadah, Invocatory verse of the Ishvara Upanishads
Happy International Day of Yoga! It is such an honor and a privilege for me to able to share this practice. I am thankful for all of the teachers who had come before and made this path possible for me. To show my appreciation, I've decided to share some of my favorite yoga quotes from the masters with you!
There are so many great teachers who have shared their wisdom, this only begins to skim the surface. I really encourage you to check out the writings and books by these teachers and take your yoga to the next level. I'd like to finish the post by sharing a quote from The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali....
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
I know, I know. You've got tightness in the back of the legs. Maybe you can't bend over and touch your toes, or maybe you overdid it last yoga class. I can't give you an miracle overnight cure but with just a little bit of effort each day, you can find freedom and relief in the back of your legs. Here are six yoga poses that will stretch those hammies and make you feel gooooood. Remember to take shapes that feel right for your body & BREATHE!!! You can do these poses individually or weave them together in a flow.
Kneeling Low Lunge
Downward Facing Dog
Don't forget to do these on both sides of the body! You can create a flow moving from pose to pose, or just take it slow and hold each one for a while. Be sure to pay attention to how it feels and really try to take shapes that support your body. Breathing is really important so take deep inhales, and long exhales! If you have ANY concerns whatsoever feel free to message me! As with any exercise regime, be sure to consult with your physician first! I hope you enjoy these poses and let me know if they bring you happy hamstrings!!
With a newfound passion for life and a deep interest in the connection between science and art, this is where ideas develop and blossom and are shared with you, my friends. Thanks for stopping by and joining me on this journey.