Monday, January 10, 2011

Yoga, calm...

Last week was filled with big events.  We had a team meeting here in Florida, which can be stressful.  Don’t tell the rest of the team I said that.  They don’t add the stress I do it for them.

I volunteered to give a talk on Friday. I am not my most comfortable in front of a room full of people speaking and added some additional stress for good measure.

My close friend is having serious health issues and I am sincerely concerned for her well being.  Yes, more stress.

My best decision led me to a yoga class.  I do yoga at home most everyday, I even have Harley committed to a small block of time each day. 

I can tell you something special happens when a group of people get together, to be in the moment, focus on breath, stillness within, and moving the body to calm, refresh, and rejuvenate.  It was a large class and we closer together than usual, the energy was great, and today I am ready to take on the world.

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  1. "Yoga" is a sanskrit word meaning "union" with the divine, absolute, unbounded Being...pure consciousness...the most fundamental reality.
    Yoga asanas (physical postures)are great for culturing the physiology and preparing the body for meditation (i recommend Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).
    So..the word "yoga" shouldn't be used for these asanas...but the West has, as it is wont to do, bastardized this term and also created exercise routines that have some resemblance to true yoga asanas, but are taught to be done in, a less han ideal manner...but, for sure, even many of these systems have a very good effect on the body.

  2. Thank you for sharing the true meaning of the word yoga. I have always understood the asanas to be yoga. What are the postures called?

    Something special happens when I pause my thoughts and be in the moment. The asanas seem to help me focus.

    In November I went to a “special yoga” class. It was a three hour event and it blew me away. The instructor looked like a middle aged surfer, the postures were traditional, no pressure to do more, a lot of refocusing on breath and just being in the moment. The two hours of asanas went by in the blink of an eye and then we had one hour of meditation.

    My mind and body typically have issues being still but the guidance we got during the meditative practice was uplifting and peaceful. The instructor is not from our area. Now that your note has given me pause I will look into what the practice was that we were doing.

    I have become an inspired learner in the last few years and even have little cards with that thought on my desk at work and in different places in our home to remind me.

    When I was in college Transcendental Meditation was popular with some of the more free thinking kids. I was way too wild at the time to appreciate any type of spiritual communion. I have been on a spiritual path for a while and am ready to take another look at Transcendental Meditation.

    Thank you so much for teaching me something new.