by Michelle Berrange
From an early age we are conditioned into action, ‘doing’, achieving and competition. It’s integrated into modern society, our schools, universities, careers and in the media. No wonder it is often so difficult for us to learn to relax consciously and to let go. Our minds tell us this isn’t productive and we will be considered ‘lazy’. To live in peace and in a balanced fashion, and to create the space for restoring balance, we need to learn softness, reflection, stillness and the art of ‘non’-doing.
“Truth is one, paths are many!”
All physical yoga falls under the same umbrella of Hatha yoga. There are so many different styles and forms but their intention is one and the same. Yoga and meditation are brilliant tools to teach us how to live harmoniously within ourselves and with the world outside. HATHA yoga in its authentic, traditional form is about restoring this balance. The balance between the Sun (HA) and Moon (THA) energies inside us and all around. By connecting to the breath and body we learn to listen, to observe, to soften, to release….. to feel! Action then reflection, sun and moon, DO then Feel, DO then FEEL, Equanimity! By being with the reality of our sensations we connect to the present moment and are freed if only for a second from the ever-thinking mind.
The deeper you choose to go on this journey: the deeper the awareness, silence, stillness and peace will increase in your life.
As Shri K Pattabhi Jois wisely said – “practice, practice, and all is coming!”
See you on the mat soon.