RESTORATIVE-YIN YOGA involves supported body/mind relaxation. This is gentle, gentle yoga that promotes deep relaxation for stress reduction while also stretching and rehabilitating connective tissue.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In Any Season, Always

Copyright Lance Kinseth, Wisdom Blossoming / Esho, 2012

ALL OF THIS ENERGY, as the sun rises higher in the Northern Hemisphere in spring, seemingly has come too early this year.  April in most years was, perhaps, really March this year. 

Winter doldrums shift to spring energy. Now, in April, as we have already begun to work the gardens rather than simply beginning to think about it, and we can seem to be trying to keep pace with what we perceive to be a very early, quick start out of the blocks. Perhaps our “bio-clocks” are doing just fine, not doing anything really that extreme.  And yet the pace may feels like catch-up, as if we are somehow behind the flow of life as it should be.

So too our body-mind practice.  Energized, yes, yet tuning—hopefully—into the deep pace of life-as-it-is rather than into a catch-up with a temperamental season.

To settle ourselves, we might image the “atomic clock” that chips off time into replete, exquisite seconds, regardless of erratic seasonal paces. 

In simple, concrete relaxation and calmness and as is posited to be the case in deep self-realization, there is no time-change, and no explicit surface upon which the flurry of thoughts, dust, or seconds can alight.

So, in April, body-mind practice might be that place where we shift out of the fast everyday pace and out of the temperaments of the weather.  And in that practice, perhaps we will even go a bit further, and not even do “yoga” or even “meditation,” but rather come inside this landscape of stillness, quietness, and peacefulness in any season, always.

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