Breathe for Life
Yoga Is Balance.
Yoga Is Care of the Soul.
One of the most important gifts that came to me through my yoga practice has been the understanding of balance. The faster the world seems to revolve around us, the more important it becomes to stay connected to our innermost voice, to leave space for the expression of our truth, and not to lose the alignment with our purpose. I have learned that balance, just like a dance, is a constant flow. Not a perfect state we can achieve or own. In fact, in order to keep it, we need to let go. Let go of resistance, let go of attachment to the meaning of success, let go of the strive for laboring over an idea, image, ideal, or a goal that is not ours, let go of the fear that makes us numb to the deepest call of our own selves.
Do you allow the song of your own heart?
Do you speak your own truth?
Do you hold your head high?
Do you feel lightness?
Do you feel lit up inside?
Do you give yourself credit for treading this Earth in the way that you do?
Do you honor the body which has given you the opportunity to be here and have all the amazing experiences we are gifted with as humans?
Connecting to the state of inner peace which brings balance into our lives is enabled by cultivating compassion. When we think about compassion, we usually regard it as kindness and care extended to others. Yet, can we be ever fully compassionate to others if we have not felt true consideration and love for our own selves… This is the meaning of caring for our soul. To turn inwards, to feel our humanness, to patiently explore our world and see where we have been hard on ourselves, where we have stifled our flame by putting unreasonable demands on the self, where we have pushed instead of yielded, where we have ignored our needs. It's easy to love ourselves when we feel strong and radiant. Yet, how much more important it is to have self-love while walking through the valleys of our journey and embrace instead of shun the weaker sides of our being. Even in yoga practice – pause and notice – are you straining yourself to be at a place that doesn’t feel right to you? Are you going through a physical or life routine without honoring the different states of your body, mind, and emotions? Are you having trouble allowing the voice in you to guide your movements and your choices? Are you striving for goals that do not ring true for you?
In the process of building a nourishing practice which can also become a sound foundation for a wholesome life, what I bring to my students is honesty. Allowing for simply being human on the path of deeper understanding of the self. Encouraging compassion, patience, self-recognition. Allowing for the experience of treasuring your own essence as you grow into who you truly are.
Honor your being, nourish your soul, and be sweet to your body.
Let's take a deep loving breath and remember our path.
"The purpose of yoga is awareness, not perfected poses, beliefs, or any kind of attainment. Awareness from moment to moment requires quiet strength, flexibility, and balance. A good Yoga practice develops exactly these characteristics."
"You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state."
"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."
"Each asana has a discrete vibrational essence, much like the individual phonetic sounds that make up the alphabet of a language."
"How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain, and, so it is with life… In the end it all comes down to one word - Grace. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and back luck, the darkness and the light. Grace is compassion, surrender, faith, forgiveness, manners, & reverence. Live with grace & gratitude."
"Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are."
"People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering."
"When there is no mind, you are in yoga; when there is mind you are not in yoga. So you may do all the postures, but if the mind goes on functioning, if you go on thinking, you are not in yoga. Yoga is the state of no-mind. If you can be without the mind without doing any posture, you have become a perfect yogi. It has happened to many without doing any postures, and it has not happened to many who have been doing postures for many lives."
"Thank you... The most important prayer."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey. And you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins."
"Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
H. Jackson Brown
"Where the mind cannot follow, there you are."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
"Help someone, reach out, lend a hand today."
"The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same."
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music."
"A man is known by the company his mind keeps."
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."
Booker T. Washington
"The Seven Factors of Awakening are mindfulness, investigation of phenomena, diligence, joy, ease, concentration, and letting go."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
"The physical body is a temple. Take care of it. The mind is energy. Regulate it. The soul is the projection. Represent it. All knowledge is false if the soul is not experienced in the body."
"Drink juice, eat fruits and vegetables, get out in the sunlight, exercise, and dream your dream. And then, allow it to happen."
"There is one thing in this world which you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there's nothing to worry about. But, if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life. Remember the deep root of your being. If you don't, you'll be foolishly ignoring your dignity and your purpose."
"El amor no se piensa, se siente o no se siente."
"The impossible just takes a little more planning."
"What is in the way... is the way."
"Yoga helps us learn that the reality of life is that everything changes sooner or later. Nothing in the material world lasts forever so the only lasting peace comes from aligning your sense of self with the eternal nature of your being within. The residual feeling of every experience is an echo of love etched into our soul’s memory."
"Gotta keep on keeping on."
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
"Having never left the house you are asking for the way home."
"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... go on your way."
"To gain that worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else."
"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for one hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..."
Mary Oliver Wild Geese
"You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
"When you accept things, you become free of them."
"People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive."
"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there."
General Kofi A. Annan
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind."
"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny."
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