"Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. And this is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You are all stardust." --Lawrence Krauss, physicist
I have a whiteboard in my kitchen on which I've written, "Remember that you are on a giant ball of rock and water, slowly rotating. This has been happening for as long as you can imagine." I look at it at least once a day and really think about that fact. All my problems and dramas and hopes and neuroses seem a little smaller...and then my email pings... Oh, the life of a modern yogi. That elusive balance between the profound and the practical.
We have a distinct challenge living in the world we do, trying to be conscious, thoughtful and yet practical. I know many powerful, centered yogis, but I don't know anyone who doesn't have to work, pay parking tickets, deal with their grumpy coworker or client, or live in a fallible body. This is why I believe in yoga--it is the only practice I know that has the capacity to nourish us at all the levels of our experience. If you're coming to the mat overwhelmed and with low back pain, class is for you. If you're coming with existential angst, class is for you. If you're coming to relax before a busy week at work, class is for you. It occurred to me recently that to manage this really difficult balance of profound and practical we have to practice consistently.
Practice means different things on different days. Sometimes we need to be reminded we're stardust. Sometimes we need to loosen the tension in our neck so we can sit at our desk comfortably. Sometimes we need to learn how to use the breath so we don't yell at that guy who just cut us off in traffic. Sometimes we need to go into our practice deeply enough to chart a new sankalpa (intention) that will change the course of our lives and the lives of those around us. Most times we need a combination of profound and practical.
This is why when we practice, it's critical that we utilize all the 8 limbs of this ancient science. I'm serious about offering you a full, balanced yoga practice every time you come to class. I want to help you be kind to yourself so that you can nurture your mind and body in just the way that works for this moment. You are stardust. You are the dirty diaper changer. You can practice yoga in eiter
I can't wait to see you on the mat tonight, 6pm at Moksha Riverwest. Thoughtful instrumental music will combine with the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation to release and refresh. We'll get you ready to take on your week, you cosmic wonder you.