Yoga for Life
Welcome to the start of our new series Yoga for Life, created by our amazing Champion Delight Maker, Sumiya Basha, the creator of Love & Lentils.
I have recently moved to Lewes in East Sussex. One of my favourite things about Lewes is its closeness to the South Downs. I went for a long walk with my partner yesterday. He was fresh off the plane from his home in Sydney and new to Lewes too.
There was a field we walked through where it felt as though we were on top of the world. The view was spectacular with rolling green fields, chalk paths into the cliffs and an old windmill in the background. We came across horses and rabbits. The sun was radiating warmth.
The thing that struck me the most was the stillness and the vastness of the backdrop. It felt as though this was what it was about. Here was the connection with something far greater, the connection to something that was just there in all its natural glory, needing no explanation, vast and timeless.
This has always been here, had been there all the time. I had just spent a couple of years travelling in search of I am not sure what. And I knew when I was in that field, that it had been here all along. It was just a question of connecting with it.
This got me thinking about ‘connection’ and as is usual for me, in the context of yoga.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union. This has many interpretations. For me, yoga is one of many tools at our disposal to connect with the flow of life. Whether it is your tool of choice will depend on how and what you respond to.
I believe that the real test of a tool for life is its ability to access and tap into something far greater – source energy and flow – a far greater energy and power than we could ever hope for on our own.
To connect in this way, it is often necessary to identify and let go of anything that is creating a disconnection. To clear the path and the view and to see the block for what it is, in openness, a little like uncovering or cleaning a hidden treasure.
The physical benefits of yoga are well know – increased wellbeing and health and for the lucky ones, a sense of peace. If you choose yoga as your tool, then the poses, as one aspect of the true meaning of yoga, are often the best way to get started.
I love that what happens on the yoga mat on any given day, is a good reflection of what is happening in life. It is neither good nor bad. The poses come with time and practice. It is just a question of what is showing up, and every day is different. It is a great way to develop awareness.
What I love even more is that yoga, used in the right way, can go deeper into the layers of accumulated tension, restriction and pain that create disconnection within our life. To let us see the ways in which we are not being ourselves, or true to ourselves. Yoga gives us the choice of whether to continue in this way or to leave it behind.
Creating awareness through the physical body and moving through boundaries in this way is a very powerful tool for me. It is a point of entry to the physical, emotional and spiritual realms we know something and nothing about. It requires patience, acceptance, work and maybe the hardest of all, a letting go of the results. Personally I would gladly put in the time and effort to appreciate my life.
For me, it is not about change or transformation although that may happen over time. It is about seeing and accepting and maybe even loving things for what they are and always were. It is about a deep sense of connection with what has been here all the time.
Perhaps I should make the walk in the fields of Lewes a regular thing
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