When we start our yoga routine we use sun salutations to wake up the body and the mind to the practice to come. It is like a metaphor for the practice of yoga which is to help people wake up to themselves and to be present to their life which has started and is happening right now. Yoga is like a wake up call without the break-down or heart attack. It is the type of discipline that strips away the layers of excuses and barriers and helps people start to see things how they really are.
Here are some ways that we might learn this during our walk on the yoga path.
We may stop looking outside of ourselves for approval, help, advice and start to trust our own innate wisdom.
Instead of feeling that we are a thousand different parts we might start to feel whole again.
We may start to feel responsible for our own life, start to love our life a bit more, love our body and love who we are.
We might come to an awakening about what our purpose in life is, why we are here, stepping in to who we were born to be.
We could stop shedding expectations of others and start accepting people as they are.
We might stop waiting for our life to begin and see our life in this series of moments that is unfolding before us right now. Not hoping for the next one to come.
Ultimately we might be a little more nurturing to ourselves and start to treat ourselves with more respect, care and love.
Yoga is a discipline that unites yourself back to yourself. It takes down the barriers that you have so skillfully erected and leaves you open, vulnerable, aware and real. It plonks you down in the middle of your life and says look at me, this is who I am, I am doing ok.
Practice for Today: Which of the above have you ignored, preferring not to wake up to? Which one is waiting for you to wake up? Choose one of the ideas and see how you can befriend it for today, for this moment.