Today’s Yoga class was an intermediate class and I thought it would be fun to start with a class focused on balance. Balance is that elusive quality of finding our center and holding it without becoming rigid or tight. The word balance has it’s origins in the latin root balare, which, happily enough, means to dance. Doesn’t that change your whole perspective on achieving balance? There is a quality of perpetual movement and graceful adjustment, when we think about it in those terms… there is no end achievement, just constant practice while we learn to experience and dance with the richness of ALL experiences.
One of the things that I enjoy most about teaching a Yoga class (and blogging) is that going through the process of laying out a class (or a blog post) helps me clarify my thoughts and my values and beliefs. Over the last year, I feel like striving to keep up with the dance of my life circumstances was all I could do. I am immensely grateful for the changes that have truly transformed my world. Even when it hurt so bad I could hardly breathe, I knew (even in the middle of it) that that pain would, eventually, turn around and make the sweet spots that much sweeter.
I can say with a great deal of faith that my Yoga and meditation practice made that bit of equanimity and balance possible. I am so grateful for that. So. So. Soooo filled with gratitude.