This comes from my July 2009 newsletter.
Yoga in all its many forms is an invitation to step into the magnificent "current which is traditionally called Grace", says Paul Muller Ortega, renowned academic scholar of Indian religion and pracitioner of Tantric Yoga. Through the practice of yoga, we open up to something that is bigger than ourselves, yet is intrinsic to our very being. "What is that force that expresses itself as everything and as me?" asked Paul to me and the other 60 participants that sat with him in satsang, "open eyed contemplation" during Summer Solstice weekend last month. Paul stated that yoga practice is "intelligent alignment with an already moving force" and that connecting with this force or current, gives us access to a never-ending source of abundance. He told us that this opportunity and experience is not just for a rare few, but that tapping into this current and learning to live from this place is an absolutely essential process of being human. This process is not meant to take us out of this material world, but instead to plug more fully into the very lives we are already living and to live our lives with a greater sense of aliveness, energized focus and bliss.
We may access this current through various practices, including asana and meditation. In yoga asana, we learn to align with this current through the medium of our physical bodies. We begin the practice by softening and and opening to this flow of grace, to pure potentiality. From this receptive place, we hone our alignment with this moving force. When we engage our muscles and draw them toward our core, it is like creating the strong banks of a river to contain the current. Then from our strong and steady core, we energetically expand from our core and merge with this current called Grace, to experience balance, vitality and bliss.
As such yoga is always an invitation to dive into our true nature and come home. This month, I invite you to join me in this journey. Step into the current and align with the flow!
Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.