For those of us living in the Northeastern part of the United States, Spring has been long awaited this year. Snowstorm after snowstorm clobbered our area of the world, leaving many people to wonder if winter was here to stay. But now it’s time to enjoy outdoor activities and soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
Spring is often thought of as a time of rebirth. For me, this is a perfect time to look at how our yoga practice can represent a cycle of life.
In the beginning, as we sit or lie down in quiet to focus our thoughts, we are born again. As we warm up, we get to know the body just as a child learns to navigate crawling and walking. Sun Salutations are like our teenage years- a demonstration of strength, power and stamina. Standing poses are like our 20′s-40′s– exploratory, and a time to learn more about how we want to show up in the world. Back bends must be approached with the knowledge of all that as come before– much like our 50′s and 60′s, when we must apply the wisdom necessary to tackle the harder things in life. Our quiet, long-held and contemplative seated poses mirror our 70′s and 80′s, a time for reflection, understanding and enjoying life from the broad lens of experience and acceptance. And, of course, Savasana is death, the ultimate rest. But not a death to fear, because every time we come to our mat, we begin again.
So next time to come to your mat, remember that it’s a chance to start over. No practice is the same, and the chance to be reborn as the person you’d like to be can happen every day.
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