The intimacy of Yoga. What does it mean? Yoga becomes sacred when you start to develop a relationship of love and respect with your body. They always refer to yoga as the mind-body connection because your mind is focusing on your body, and through that focus and attention you begin to discover that you are more than just a body. Your breath becomes your spirit, linking body and mind. Yoga is not just the connection between mind and body, it is the connection of mind, body and spirit, or shall we say “self”.
As you quiet the mind and focus inward you uncover the “self”, the presence within that has always been there, and will always be there. A presence that is infinite, boundless and timeless. A “self” which is connected to something bigger, more expansive then just the constructs of the body or mind. If you tune in with non-judgement during your practice, you will begin to feel the self. Its beauty and power cannot be measured, only felt.
That “self” is the essence of you. An essence that is omnipresent like the oxygen we breathe. We do not see oxygen, nevertheless it is always present. It sustains us. It is the same with our spirit, our self. Most of us focus outward, using judgement, material objects, titles and other superficial measures, trying to find our self-worth, when all we need to do is search within. Our self is whole, it is complete, there is nothing missing, there is nothing wrong. All of the issues we create in our head is false. I love that quote don’t believe everything you think.
Yoga is a journey through the self to the self. I have often said “music and dance saved my life, while yoga healed it”. It is true. Yoga help me find my way back to my spirit, to uncover my soul, with every breath, every twist, every warrior, and every tree. It asked me to be presence and accept myself as I am. It is that process of showing up, the discipline of being present and the commitment to care for my “self” with compassion and non-judgement. I AM HERE right now and I am ok just as I am. There are no labels on you mat, no discrimination, you’re not playing one of your many roles, it’s just you.
If you allow it, compassion will evolve and love will replace doubt, that’s when real healing begins. It is a connection through the self, to the self. So when you feel disconnected, lost or at odds with your life…find your way back on your mat. All of the answers are there, within, located in the essence that is the self.