We step into class. We roll out our yoga mats. We gather our tools: blocks, straps, blankets. We set the tone for the journey that is about to unfold before us. Yoga is a beautiful thing. We each come to class for our own reasons, we set our individual intentions, and we bring the mystery of our lives to our mats. As the class begins, we harmonize with others and begin to share our journey. Yoga is community. Yoga is much more than just physical movement. Each time we do a downward dog, or take a deep breath we are breathing with everyone that has ever done those things, is doing those things. Showing up is the first, and often the hardest step. This is where the magic of your journey begins.
Yoga means to “yoke”, to unite, to bring together. What in your life are you coming into union with? What needs to be balanced?
One of the things that I hope to explore through this blog is how yoga can be used to enact magic in our everyday experience. Yoga is breath, connected to movement, connected to energy, connected to will, engaging desire, and blessed with beautiful uncertainty. Yoga is a lesson in learning to trust. We learn to trust the instructor. We learn to trust our own bodies. We begin to step into a process that may be new and dangerous, but that is life… and what keeps us moving.
Our yoga mats are sacred space. I often encourage my students to lay on their mats at home if they are facing struggle and uncertainty. Our yoga mats are places of power, they hold the energy of our classes and are blessed by breath and sweat. Just taking a moment outside of class to find where our practice intersects with our lives invites our practice into the other parts of self.
What is yoga to you? What questions do you have? Feel free to ask them below and I’ll try to address them in future posts.
You are Loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.
Mike Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT