Life is Like … Yoga

This is a repost for all my yoga friends out there. Enjoy!

In my years of practicing and teaching yoga I have found it to be a wonderful metaphor for life.

When practicing yoga I have learned so much about myself,  life and living fully. My practice takes me to my Middle Ground. It centers me, rejuvenates, nourishes and makes me feel alive and connected to my higher Self.

  • Like life, in yoga we tune in to our mind, body and soul connection
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to find the balance between holding tight and letting go
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to accept ourselves just the way we are
  • Like life, in yoga we  understand the difference between strength and courage
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to face our challenges in the present moment
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to soften into resistance and be more flexible
  • Like life, in yoga we learn to breathe deeply to release tension and ride the waves of highs and lows
  • Like life, in yoga we realize that bending over backwards doesn’t always serve us…
  • And yes, like life, yoga doesn’t have to be taken so seriously!

Namaste

Life is Like … a Symphony

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“As the great Confucius said, ‘The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.’ Flow.

But we keep looking back, don’t we? We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present…

Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music.
Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow.

The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass…”

~ Anthony de Mello

Allow each moment of our lives to pass without attachment.

Embrace the constant changes.

Live life like a symphony.

Play on.

Tao Wisdom – Water

Tao wisdom on water

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Water teaches the wisdom of Tao:
It takes no pride in sustaining life.

Live near the flow.
Let the mysteries of life wash over you.
Be transparent.

Give part of yourself to everyone,
And remember every part is whole.
Allow natural order to lead the way
And do what must be done.

Do not fight the current,
And your head will remain above water.*

~ Lao Tzu

The wisdom of this passage from the Tao Te Ching touched me today. Water is a powerful  metaphor for living life in harmony.

Pause and dive into the many layers of this wisdom 🌊

 

*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 177-186). . Kindle Edition.

Life is like … a yoga class

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There is a belief  that many of us hold, that we have to progress or strive in life. We get meaning from meeting challenges and achieving our goals. But is this the truth?

Recently, I taught a Mindful Hatha yoga class with the intention of supporting people to grow in their asana practice. I wanted them to feel more confident in taking on postures that were out of their comfort zone.

I soon realized that participants have different intentions or needs. Not everyone wants to master a flow series or explore more challenging postures.

In fact, for practitioners who have come to yoga later in life, it may not be possible or advisable to attempt moves that put strain on wrists and knees, or require a strong core and flexibility…. And don’t get me started on trying heated yoga when your internal body temperature gauge is already worn out!

As we go through life our attitude and beliefs also change. Imagine your lifespan like a yoga class sequence.

Life is like … a yoga class

We start with the warm ups and prepare for later on.

We learn new skills and practice them to become more masterful.

We take on more challenging positions.

We keep learning and striving until we reach our peak.

Then we shift attention towards finding balance.

We slow down and tune in more to what is happening in our mind, body and inner being.

We relax.

We let go and take the time to nourish and restore ourselves.

Older yogis, like myself, may enjoy a good challenge now and again, but for the most part, we are at the stage in life where finding balance and appreciating the beauty of slowing down is more important. At the same time however, we must also maintain our strength and flexibility to stay healthy and mobile.

For me, I want my already worn parts to last me for as long as I need them! Muscle strains and  tissue tears are no fun as we age, and can take a long time to heal.

Sometimes I forget. My job as a yoga teacher is to ensure my students are safe, and that they listen to what their body is telling them, not what the yoga teacher wants for them. Tuning in more to the participants and less to what you think they “should” be doing, is key to becoming a masterful yoga teacher.

Let us all encourage learning, and also be aware of when our own ego has taken over the class.

Namaste

 

Life is like … Pizza

life is like pizza

Life is like … Pizza

It draws you in wanting more

When its good, its really really good, when its bad, its still pretty good

Some of us can’t get enough of it!

In life we are made up of  the same basic ingredients and get dressed up sometimes

Some are more stodgy than others

Sometimes it can be cheesy, and at other times spicy

We ask the same questions about it – Why have only a slice, when I can have the whole pie?

We know in our heart of hearts it’s meant to be enjoyed 24 hours a day 😉

It seems to be even better in Italy!

Life is like … an elevator ride

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Life is like an elevator ride…

It has its ups and downs
It can take you to new heights
Or drop you to rock bottom

People join you for some or all of the ride.
You have to stop to let some people off

It sometimes feels confining
Or even somewhat scary
And sometimes you may get stuck

Be careful not to overload it
You should know what to do in an emergency

Expect a few embarrassing moments 😉

There are awkward conversions with strangers,
Fun times with others, and quiet times by yourself.

Be open to whatever happens and enjoy the ride!
Knowing at the end of the day that you are not the one in control