26 Oct Element #2- Love
Yoga has served my life and my family by providing a vehicle that transports all parts of me to the highest. When I attend yoga regularly I am more pleasant to be around, quicker to laughter, and my body vibrates with joy of being served. Tired muscles get soothed, my hesitant heart gets strengthened, my dreams are realized and my spirit awakens!
The story’s of Hanuman are all about “Service”. Tales of having one foot in Sri Lanka and one in India. By so doing he brings two different lands together, As well as the past and future. His service also shows unending love to those around him. One story that displays this is when Hanuman is sent out into the forest to gather a specific herb to help save a friend from death. Since he must gather the herb before the sunrise, his task is hurried. When the sun nears the top of the mountain Hanuman grows larger than life to block the sun from shinning. Because he can’t find the herb, he then lifts the entire mountain where the herb was to be found and carries it to his friends aid.
Our relationships must first require courage but then and unending love to fuel the action needed to show our devotion. “Lifted Yoga” in the coming weeks, will pry open our hearts and build the love on top of our foundations of courage.
One important Niyama to remember in this action is ahimsa (non-harming). When we harm ourselves or others we get set back. When we serve ourselves and others we want to first do no harm. Watching our transition from pose to pose, task to task, or day to day. Feeling our poses from the inside out. Listening for unproductive thoughts or choices. Blending our heart, mind and spirit in an orchestra of integration.
I am so grateful for yoga and the opportunity it gives me to recognize what truly helps me grow and feel healthy. Now thats worth celebrating!!!
How has YOGA served you ?