This evening, I ventured out to try a new yoga studio. I have been in search of a vinyasa practice that would be a good fit for me. The minute I walked into the studio, I immediately felt a certain energy in the room. The class had not yet begun, but I just knew that this was going to be the place for me. I certainly used my intuitive sixth sense on this, and I was correct.
Yoga has been a part of my life, exercising the mind and body, for some time now. As we discuss the topic of SPIRIT this week, I thought about the strong link between spiritual connection, or enlightenment, and yoga. Through yoga practice, we strengthen our spirit by bringing our energy inward, starting with an awareness to our breath. It is the first kriya, or action of our soul. By turning inward, we can access that part of us that connects to something greater – that intuitive energy we discussed, the divine power that resides within us, and our authentic selves.
The path to spiritual wellness can take any form. It can involve prayer, meditation, affirmations, and/or any specific belief system you espouse. The important piece is that you find purpose and meaning to the flow of your life. Although yoga is my conduit for this flow, being mindful does not have to come only through yoga. You can easily start your day with an intention, just as we do at the beginning of yoga class.
What do you hope to give of yourself today? What answers are you seeking today? Where can you find peace today? When we intend something, we are connecting to that higher power and we are believing in it. We are believing and having unwavering faith that something larger exists within us and for us.