It does not mean to be in a place without noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart!
MY APPROACH TO YOGA
Take a moment right now.
Listen to your breath!
Notice the stillness at the end of each exhale. Observe that moment of stillness just before you breathe in.
Like the oceans rhythm at the shore – on the beach the waves crash, ride, then crawl up the sand to their tippy top and then fall back to the sea. There is a moment of stillness as the ocean finishes its breath, just before it takes in another. It’s there for us as well in the rhythm of our breath. That moment of stillness is the center of peace in oneself. It’s always there for us, we can simply develop our ability to recognize it through a yoga practice.
The peace is there even in moments of great struggle. That’s when we need it most! That’s when we need to listen most, when we can’t here it anymore. Blind with anger, depressed, painfully sad, frustrated, ecstatic, laughing, whatever the case may be, tragic or joyous, that moment is still there for you. Honoring that stillness can dissolve tragedy and solidify joy and develop peace in oneself. Peace in oneself is peace in the world!
Yoga is about you. Most people come to yoga to get fit and in the process learn more about themselves. Your mind is always expressing itself through your body, and your body never lies. It does not know how to lie. As you gain more confidence in the practice, you’ll learn more about yourself and in turn, gain more confidence in yourself understanding more clearly who and how you are.
The asana are like a zen slapstick way of challenging ones ability to develop and discover that space. The yoga practice also serves as a physical metaphor or manifestation for the struggles of being alive and a course in learning how to breath through it all. It’s not how far you can twist or bend, but are you aware of all that space!