You are the one and only threshold of an inner world. This wholesomeness is holiness. To be holy is to be natural, to befriend the worlds that come to balance in you. –John O’Donohue
Yogas chitta vritti nirodha— Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. (Sutra 1.2 of the Yoga Sutras)
Yoga is an incredible path of transformation when one is ready to embark upon it. As the saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher will come. At each part of the journey, one will rattle pieces of themselves within, shaking up old ground, releasing past traumas and experiences to further invite more light and consciousness within. Each of us holds a life force within our being–the fire of who we are and what we are connected to. Yoga is an inward journey into the mind, into the body, into the soul that breaks down the walls of delusion, guiding one toward truth, love and acceptance.
If you are new to yoga, I invite you to find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and take a deep breath in. As you breathe in, ask yourself what it is that you seek. As you exhale, allow yourself to begin exactly where you are. Without judgment, allow yourself to be here now. Breathe into the space you are creating for yourself and know that this is enough, that you are enough. You are so much more than enough. With each breath, give yourself permission to unfold and go deeper. Stay with your breath. Be still, and know. If this feels a bit strange at first, offer up something you are grateful for. Allow the gratitude to wash over you, cleansing you from the inside out. Allow your gratitude to grow into a deep appreciation for the earth beneath you, holding you and connecting you. Feel the breath flowing through you like the tides of the ocean, carrying you through each high and each low. Feel your spine elongate from the earth beneath you towards the sky above you, radiating light up your spine through the crown of your head as you feel the lightness in your body elevating you. Stay with your breath. Scattered thoughts and images may surface, try allowing them to rise without resistance and release them on each exhale. Come back to the breath. You are home.
I am inspired by the evolution of all things connected. Everything in life is connected in rhythm. The electromagnetic field of our hearts, the currents of the sea, the chords of a melody, the cycles of the seasons, all move with an innate flow. Yoga provides a path to connect back to this primal source, back to our deep awareness of who we are created to be and create a way to mindfully pulse with the changes that ebb and flow in our daily life. Like Swami Satchidananda said, “Life is change, learn to surf!”
In 2013 I immersed in teacher training through Shiva Rea’s Samudra School of Living Yoga at Ananda Shala in Frederick Maryland. I have had the great joy of diving into the infinite creative expressions of Prana Flow, studying under Maria Garre, Sarah Gingrich, Andrew McAuley and more recently with Shiva Rea. In each class, I share my personal experience in cultivating a sense of inner balance, fluidity, truth and compassion, and moving from the inner rhythms of the heart to serve the flow of life.