Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine.
Confidence through self control.
Energy within and energy without.
Greetings Dearest Yoga Students,
This quote reminds me of the lesson in dualities we find in our yoga practice like grounding down to rise up or hugging in to shine out. At first glance, these may seem like opposing forces but in reality it is the opposite that manifests the desired result.
Being invigorated while remaining relaxed is a lesson in becoming awake. Awake to all that is around and within us without having to do anything. Without having to change anything; simply enjoying being present through a calm, relaxed state. Routines can at either be mundane or nourishing. When we look at our daily rounds as burdens, we trudge through them with a heavy heart feeling trapped in “have tos” and “shoulds”. However, if we move through our routines as rituals in our life, bring gratitude with our efforts for what we are both responsible for and able to do, it can create a freedom in knowing these routines support our life and those around us. It turns our burdens into acts of love. When we first consider the discipline of self- control, it may seem like an imposing act of self-denial but controlling our impulses and learning to trust our actions creates a simple confidence in our decision making. We can trust that we will act from a place of clarity and right thinking. And finally is it through cultivating our inner energy that we are able to send out the finest quality of energy to the world around us.
Working with dualities in this way can enable us to use what at first seems like an opposing force to catapult us to new heights. When chanting to Ganesh, the elephant headed God who is thought to be the remover of obstacles, we are really asking for our intellects to be inspired to see the open doors of opportunity that are all around us. Sometimes the obstacles that are in our path are the very things that can send us forward reminding us we already possess everything we need to create an invigorated, free, confident life filled with the finest quality of energy we could ever imagine.