Moving into Stillness

“Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic. It is unconflicted movement, life in harmony with itself, skill in action. It can be experienced whenever there is total, uninhibited, unconflicted participation in the moment you are in—when you are wholeheartedly present with whatever you are doing.”

~ Erich Schiffman – Yoga the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

I love the dynamism in this description of what stillness is. It becomes clear when yoga is a contemplative and spiritual practice, rather than a series of postures in an exercise class.

Stillness is not the same as exhaustion at the end of class when you lie in Savasana (corpse pose), perhaps filled with relief that it is over! Stillness is something that can be found throughout the practice and within each posture and transition along the way.

The best guide to see if you are moving towards stillness, is to notice if you are breathing steadily and fully throughout the practice.

Bringing awareness to our breath and the teacher’s breath reveals a lot. If the teacher can’t catch their breath to speak and guide you in a mindful way, then they aren’t moving into stillness either.

Soothing Words for Every Day

There are words that I say every day as I guide my yoga peeps into Savasana. Savasana or corpse pose, is the final pose before meditation, where we lie down and allow the body to relax, and nourish itself.

savasana to let go

“Breathing in

light …

lightness …

and nourishment …

Breathing out

toxins …

negative energy …

and letting go of whatever needs to be let go of today.”

Whenever I say these words I pause and my heart opens.

May these words bring you to your Middle Ground and center you for the day ahead.

Namaste