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Stronger Roots | yoga for the grounded gardener

yoga on the rocksI have briefly mentioned my introduction of yoga into my daily Blisscipline, and decided to share a little more of what I have discovered.  Yoga is the equisential model of less is more.  Quite literally, you need nothing except yourself and your breath.  It is the minimalist’s muscle of health and fitness:  less equipment, less movement, less thought for more balance, more strength, more well-being.

Yoga is an inward journey, and a metaphor for conscious living.  I will share some of the yoga language with you, and you can connect the dots. 

Yoga is not a competition.  It is your journey of health and well-being.  There is not a right or wrong way; it is your posture to find.   Begin and end with your heart center.   Open your heart and mind.  Lengthen your spin.   Find your center.  Align your body.  Root yourself and find your strength of purpose.  Breathe – in is calm, out is peace; in is calm, out is peace.        

A balanced body makes a balanced mind.  It is the process to create balance and harmony between sides – sun and moon, warm and cool, yin-yang, both-and.  It is simultaneously both acceleration and calmness.  The power of the breath creates a state of balance and the ability to instantly return to the state of balance.  It is the inner strength of mindfulness that manifests into the optimal function of body and health.

Yoga creates space, literally and figuratively.  Each posture expands the organs and the muscles.  Likewise, it is the expansion of awareness and breath that cleanses both the body and mind of toxins.  We release our tension, anxieties, and worries.  It cleanses the mind and organs; it heals the body and renews the spirit.

It is not without reason that the “child’s pose” is to rest, restore, and rebuild.  In mountain pose, our bodies connect heaven and earth.  All unimportant matters drop-off in rag-doll pose. 

“If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me.  It works every time and not just in yoga.”  ~ Terri Guillemets

The premise of yoga is present moment mindfulness.  It is a gift to yourself and your children.  A calm and centered gardener cultivates a calm and centered garden.  Through these practices, we teach our children the healthy habits of self-calming and the development of the will.  It is the proper posture for a life of health and well-being. 

When we are centered and grounded, our garden is both rooted in purpose and free of dis-ease.  This is our natural state of wellness and a life of abundance.  Yoga is the practice of simple actions for immense benefit.  It is the alignment of our inner self, manifested outward.  It is awareness with action using inner strength of purpose to manifest a life of well-being. 

Cultivating health & well-being,

Michelle     

♣  Yoga is a simple practice to add to your tool shed of conscious parenting.  Try out a yoga class or yoga cards to practice with your children.

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