The last two installments of this blog series addressed disconnection from oneself, over commitment and how these things begin to manifest in life. You can read those if you click here! In this piece we begin to look at how yoga can be effective in addressing the physical forms of So how do we move through this gap, and into our true selves? Here is the part where things start to open wide and some movement, on all levels, can begin to happen. Tools!
It is the beginning of restructuring one’s approach to the world. Feeling and living the recognition that doing more, or adding onto what is already probably too much in life is not going to cultivate the sense of peace that many are missing. It is in doing things differently that we start to feel our way back to ourselves, the felt sense of our wholeness. Which again, was never gone. It was never not there. This is about overcoming one’s elementary stress, the stress of being separated from your own way of being, or one’s core spirit. Separated from living your own truth. This is not the same as the external stressors of circumstance in the world. The external stressors and how they are handled are road signs. They are the indicators of how we are within ourselves. The goal is to find the tools that help move elementary stress into vitality, the energy we need to thrive in our lives; to use tools to move into living, relaxing in our authenticity.
Yoga, by its very definition is something to serve this population. It is to yoke, to join. It is the act by which wholeness becomes realized and witnessed at the same time. Taking the human being out of elementary stress, and bringing them into vitality to experience their birthright of joy and success.
We want to awaken some awareness in the physical body. Practices are needed that wake up the rhythms that exist within us as particular beings, those rhythms that match the universal, natural rhythms of the earth. When you begin to live and move with the rhythms of nature, your mind becomes more lucid and more peaceful and your health improves. Your entire life becomes easier. Maya Tiwari The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing (New York: Wellspring/Ballanatine 2001), 5. Simply beginning with a body scan, observing all the parts of the body, is a safe, effective way to get in touch with sensation that may be dulled. Movement based on body sensing, briefly guided, and then encouraged for each individual to explore independently offers the chance for people to step into their own inner guidance. The challenge there is in allowing oneself to hear it and follow it. This practice has potential to unearth deep, powerful coding from the physical form. Women have wisdom in their bodies that need an outlet, and once given that outlet, the effect can be strong in restructuring patterns for the individual and their community. Because women have always been the guardians of life’s wholesome practices, when we strengthen our health and spiritual power, we also strengthen the health and wisdom of the men, children, and communities around us.” Maya Tiwari The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing ( New York: Wellspring/Ballanatine 2001), 5. The positive effects of asana have been documented any number of places at this point in our history. In relationship to women relaxing into their authenticity, it could be said that trying on any number of practices until you find one that is “juuuust riiiiight” would be the way to go. Take a page from Goldilocks. One form of practice in the physical body that serves very well to begin to hear what is just right is restorative yoga. To relax is to rest deeply. This rest is different from sleep… Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort and the brain is quiet. Judith Lasater Relax and Renew ( Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press 1995), 5. Rest is where we digest. This includes our food, our information, our emotions, and our experiences. Everything we consume must be integrated in some way. Rest is the time when change can occur, and restorative yoga offers the guidance for the body to allow rest to occur on all levels.
To learn more about restorative, you can join a class at EQUIVITA, next class starting Monday, July 25th! The next piece in this blog series will delve into the energetic, mental, emotional and other subtle effects.