Monday, August 1, 2011
Art by Yoga Creative
"Bikram Yoga is the 26 postures Sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga.
It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits." Quote found here
Yesterday and the day before yesterday, day seventeen and eighteen of Learning to Love This Body of Mine, I spent ninety minutes, in 105 degree heat, doing Bikram Yoga. And, whew, how do I describe this...I'm in love.
It's not surprising that as I've gotten more and more in tune with my body that it has led me to Bikram. For so long I've known that one of the best things I could do for myself is yoga, and, although I've done it on and off over the years, It hasn't quite stuck-I've never established a consistent/ongoing practice.
One thing that has become clearer and clearer over the last eighteen days is that everything, every single thing, is interconnected--you cannot separate out any of it. What I do for my spirit, I do for my body. What I do for my body, I do for my spirit. What I do for myself, I do for others. What I do for others, I do for myself. When I breathe and tune in and become conscious of what my body is telling me, I tune into the whole of myself--I tune into Source/God/Spirit....it's all the same, it's all one, it's all part of the whole.
Here's what yoga master Erich Schiffmann has to say about yoga:
The word yoga means yoke, and yoke means union and joining. Through the practice of yoga, you ''join'' your specific mind with the Infinite Mind through the act of listening for guidance, and thereby experience your already-existing oneness with the Infinite.
Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation--or inner listening--in the poses and meditations, as well as all day long. It's a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do.
So, seriously, I'm pretty amazed at what's been going on here. I have never in my whole life tuned in and listened to my body in this way. I am not kidding a bit (or trying in any way to make this all flowery & sweet)...when I say I've been craving fruits and vegetables (like crazy) and water and tea and yoga...it's just what my body is wanting and it feels so so good to be giving it what it wants/needs.
I can hardly wait to get back to that studio--to drip sweat/detoxify/breathe deeply/stretch the heck out of my body/mind/spirit again. I think I'm officially & forever hooked.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say I'm on the road to learning to love this body of mine. And it feels like it's loving me right back.