Dear Students and friends,
Today I stood in downward dog reminding myself to only be in the present moment throughout my practice. Have you had to remind yourself of that?
It is too easy for the mind to wonder during yoga practice. Stillness is
only achieved im being only in the present moment.
Stillness can be described in many ways basically It is the calmness you feel during the absence of noise.
Sitting in silence this morning I listen to the sounds of nature surrounding me on my yoga mat outside.
I begin to hear the variations:of birds and other wildlife in my tree tops.
I here the squirrels rummaging through the yard climbing all about.
I hear a distant plane flying overhead I imagine they are bringing tourists to Florida
I return quietly to my breathe as not to be easily distracted focus on the present I have to regroup my mind.
I am doing my Vinyasa practice today flowing in and out of each pose breathe in breathe out through sun salutation one and two and ultimately back to downward dog where it strikes me just how connected I am when I let everything else vanish from my thoughts and give dedication to my practice time on the mat.
Beads of sweat build up then begin to trickle down my forehead touching my eyelashes as I hold each posture.
I am drenched now on this glorious Sunday summer morning practice and as I release into corpse pose I feel each part of my body tingle in excitement each cell being rejevonated.
It is only here at the end of our practice that we fully can receive the benefits of stillness, the reward for all of our efforts and that is why Savasana “corpse pose” is so important.