I have been practicing yoga since I was fourteen. Every day after school I would practice along with a VHS tape and it was one of the first things I learned to do “for myself.” This continued through college. Yoga introduced me to friends, mentors and leaders who, to this day, help me to
- Be true to myself;
- Compassionate to others; and
- Fierce in my pursuit of peace (it takes effort!).
I bring all my energy and whatever wisdom I’ve gleaned so far to the Hines Center and to our incredible members and students. Every moment I spend with them is a gift.
And this is my gift in return. Of the things I’ve learned, this is what I practice every day, and what I believe has made all the difference:
I mean it. Just pay attention. For a few minutes, track your physical sensations. Give yourself time to really sense temperature, tingling, pressure, numbness, etc. Allow an image or a word to come through.
Then drop it.
Track any emotions or feeling states that are present. Again, don’t just examine at face value. Soak in it for 30-60 seconds. Allow an image or a word to come through.
Track your thoughts and mental state (distractibility, sensations, patterns, words). Notice any correlation between your mental state and physical or emotional states. Allow an image or a word to come through.
Finally, where is Spirit? Where is that essential you in all this? Can you feel anything in or around you that resembles your essence? Allow an image or a word to come through. Get that down on paper and dance with it.
Look at the image, repeat the word out loud several times and move your body. Allow the movement to develop slowly and steadily. Drop any notion of yoga poses or dance moves! See what shape your body takes. Spend several minutes journaling or resting when you’re done.