It’s been yet another short week here in South Africa due to even more public holidays, and my yoga studio has been closed to the public for a few days now. I love the full days spent with my family but I also love going back to my little Stellenbosch yoga studio, flinging the French doors open, lighting my special Nag Champa incense and my tealights, putting on my music and just checking in on another beautiful day in my studio. I love my home practice but getting back to the wonderful calm cocoon that is my studio just takes it to another level, and I feel so alive every time I set foot into the room, with its beautiful reed ceilings, warm wooden floor and bamboo blinds.
The extra-special treat today was having a former student return after a potentially life-threatening attack by dogs a few months back…she is a living example of rising – shining!- above adversity, and is one of the bravest and most inspiring people I have ever met. It’s so good to have you back. And I appreciate the lessons you are allowing me to (re)learn about how yoga is so much more than the physical and instead about the mind-body connection -using the breath to link the two, and absolutely focusing on keeping that connection and awareness throughout the practice, and allowing healing to start taking place, on all levels.
I haven’t added any new posts to my blog for some time now, and am, unfortunately, feeling particularly lacking in inspiration for a new, unique post beyond what I’ve already typed. So, tonight I’m cheating and quoting directly from Yoga Journal. I think you’ll forgive me because it’s a really lovely piece, all about using the greater concept of yoga in one’s relationship, not just on the mat.
Just as being present with pain or discomfort in a yoga asana can release blockages and bring the body and mind into harmony, being fully present with uncomfortable conflicts that arise in a relationship can bring us back into harmony and communion with ourselves and our partner.
Through what we might call the yoga of relationships, we discover our connectedness and realize the loving awareness that is our deepest nature. When we enter into an intimate relationship, few of us escape visitations of insecurity and shame, of aversion and jealousy. Learning to bring an openhearted presence to these kinds of feelings, rather than reacting out of fear or hurt, is not easy. But when we are willing to stay put and pay attention at precisely the moments when we most want to lash out, cling tightly, or pull away, our relationship becomes a path of deep personal healing and spiritual transformation.
As with any type of yoga, one of the blessings of the yoga of relationships is the profound inner freedom that comes from realizing the goodness and beauty of our essential Being.
For the full article in Yoga Journal, click here: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/1364?utm_source=Wisdom&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=Wisdom.