The new year has a special way of inviting freshness into our lives. Being open and receptive at this time can bring new vigor and vibrancy to our approach and outlook of the world. Below are some words that spoke to us recently. Feel free to share your new insights as we welcome 2015...
We are so hard on ourselves. Even in our practice I think most people work too hard. Sometimes as I teach my breath/movement workshops it seems like I'm watching people fiercely wrestling with themselves. It's as if their mind gets into a Greco-Roman wrestling match with its own body. Fortunately, sometimes the body wins and 'pins' the mind. The mind taps out and says, I surrender. And then finally the mind becomes quiet. And the stunning thing that happens when the mind finally quiets is - the emotional body opens. For those of you who do not understand what I mean by the emotional body or heart opening, the nearest thing I can compare it to is how parents describe the feeling when they look into the eyes of their infant child. That feeling which fills your heart until it feels like it could explode and brims your eyes with tears. The feeling of gratitude just for the privilege of being the child's parent. This is the kind of heart opening phenomenon we speak of. When the mind quiets and the heart opens ... grace happens, change happens. The yoga postures and breath are tools to rebuild ourselves. The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots - we're already tied in knots. The aim is to untie the knots in our own heart.
MAX STROM, YOGA TEACHER
We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL, MYTHOLOGIST
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself, 'Is it true?' At the second gat ask 'Is it necessary?' At the third gate ask 'Is it kind?'
Photography by Azulie