“From out of nowhere comes the simplest act, simplest power.
It comes in silently and brings life without any human intervention.
It goes out and then comes in again,
with the most beautiful rhythm.
So simple that it is astonishing.
So complicated that it is hard to understand.
So elusive that it is hard to tame.
Even with human technology, nobody controls it.
It comes and it goes.
There is no greater miracle than the miracle of breath.
One breath at a time, this miracle of life touches you.”
It is up to each of us to be aware and recognize this miracle of breath.
May it open us up to hope & joy ~ opportunities & possibilities ~ love & peace within us.
May we each have the courage in this moment to see the light within us and to share it with others.
*Quote taken from Prem Rawat
It also can be spelled “Aum” and is composed of three syllables in this Sanskrit word.
According to the Yoga Journal in an article on The Sound of OM, “Om is a symbol for everything – past, present, and future – and beyond each of those to incorporate the entire universe.”
You may prefer to select another word that resonates with you that helps bring your focus inward before a yoga practice or during times you feel it is needed throughout the day. Many yoga classes begin with this chant. It is said to help people connect with themselves and within their place in the world before they begin their yoga practice and in the practice of this journey of LIFE.
Quote from Yoga Journal link: http://www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/1141_1.cfm
When I first began taking Yoga classes in March of this year…I heard something wonderful (in addition to many other wonderful things I’ve learned)!
A description of AHIMSA!
Practicing Ahimsa in life and in Yoga is a non-harming practice of others and of myself. What Ahimsa means to me in Yoga is when I am doing a pose or movement I am unsure about, it feels not quite right in my body or my brain is trying to confuse me and I can feel overwhelmed. Ahimsa in Yoga reminds me I have choices. When one or all of these things may be happening, it my responsibility to honor my self physically, mentally, and emotionally and speak up in any class. Giving myself permission to care for my self by making a choice that is in my best interest is extending compassion and caring to myself.
A few choices that have helped me:
1- Before class begins, I have let the instructor know what issues are affecting me today.
2- Simply asking for help when I need it.
3- Identify the feeling I’m having and share it with the instructor (I feel uncomfortable. I feel pain. My lower back hurts.)
4- Treat myself as kindly as I would treat another person and honor I am human and with limitations.
5- I need a modification to the pose or movement.
I hope this blog post will gently remind you to practice Ahimsa in life and in Yoga!
Becky Heiter has been an instructor at Sunrise Yoga Studio since 2009. She has touched many of us who have had her as an instructor and have been a witness to her radiant and heart-filled spirit that shines brightly upon all those around her. Becky’s love of Yoga is evident in her teaching and as she shares her knowledge and love of Yoga with others. She has moved to the North Carolina coast and will be soon opening up her very own Yoga Studio! We have enjoyed having Becky with us here at Sunrise!
We wish her the very best on her new journey!
Karen Fitgerald was a yoga instructor with Sunrise Yoga and took some time off for a few years and is returning to teach yoga with us! She has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Karen began her practice as a physical exercise program. She quickly realized the benefits of yoga were much more than a physical exercise program. Yoga has had a positive effect on her life helping her stay balanced and centered especially through tough situations. Yoga allows Karen to do something for herself, each practice is different and leaves her feeling relaxed, energized and grounded. She wants to share her positive experience with others as a yoga teacher. Karen completed the 200 hour teacher training program at Sunrise Yoga Studio and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour Teacher Training Program at Sunrise Yoga Studio. Karen believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice and have fun doing it.
We are very happy to welcome back Karen as an instructor at Sunrise Yoga Studio!
From each of us at Sunrise Yoga Studio