As I was on the way to my class yesterday I was listening to the radio and hearing about the origins of Memorial Day, and what it means to remember those who have fallen in combat. I had been teaching all weekend on the theme remembrance and all of a sudden it seemed like a much bigger force in the face of national awareness and those who gave their lives for something larger than themselves. Too big to just remind people of their higher selves (?)
It is important to recognize that what we do in our personal yoga practice or at a yoga class and what goes on in the “outside world” are not disconnected. Because I didn’t want to get too political or whatever and bring national issues into the class, but at the same time allow yoga to be connected, I asked people to use their practice in class as a vehicle for peace. To consciously work with the intention of manifesting physical serenity as a tool for cultivating peace within.
John Friend, founder of Anusara says, “The highest intention of practicing Anusara Yoga is to align with the flow of Grace, to awaken to the truth that our essential nature is part of this divine flow, and to lovingly and joyfully serve this flow. “
How to manifest an intention? Non-physically it means to offer up your efforts of the practice towards that thing. Physically, it means put it in your body. In standing poses, dig your heels into the earth with the serenity of nature at your back. Make peace in action by holding your heart open for a different way of practicing. Instead of the familiar mid-brow-wrinkle effort, try softening your face and jaw. Feel for that place within you where the song is already hushed, where there is a sweetness that requires no effort and move from this place.
Let’s do it.