I don’t know what this says about me as a Yoga teacher but I find that I’m always trying to come up with something new to add into my Yoga classes. It may be as simple as a slightly modified version of a well-known pose, a new suggestion to allow my students to achieve alignment in a pose, or a slightly new take on understanding the ancient philosophy of Yoga. Whatever the “something new” may be, it gives me the feeling that my class is an offering to my students that is a little bit more valuable than if I just simply went through the same motions and thought-processes as I’ve done before. Obviously this is just my perspective as a teacher.
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Even though the snow continues to fall at my house, the birds know that Spring is here. As I watch them out the window, they seem oblivious to the cold, snowy weather that is keeping me from wanting to be outside.
Whenever I observe birds, the first thing that comes to mind is “freedom”. To be able to not only walk on the land, swim in the water, but also fly in the sky seems the essence of freedom to me. In Hindu mythology, birds often symbolize the soul and the form that it takes during reincarnation – when the soul is freed from one physical body and transferred into another.
As I sat here knitting last night, I noticed my breathing begin to slow and deepen, as my mind gave its complete attention to the repetitive sound and motion of knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl.
I eventually felt my body begin to relax as my mind focused on this one task. Because of the focus that I need in order to knit without making a mistake, my mind began to quieten and give its full attention to the task at hand. And then it came to me – I was using knitting as a form of meditation.