SADNESS is an emotion that we have all experienced.
Although not a good feeling, sadness is just that, a feeling, that at any point we can choose to be a part of or not.
I'm not saying that we should just turn that feeling off, as we need to feel it or even grieve in order to heal.
But when we hold onto past sadness for too long, it can become an all-consuming, permanent emotion that can prevent us from moving on with our lives and we see nothing better. Yoga can help.
Pranayama - simple but effective breath meditation is a wonderful way to release emotions from the past and focus your mind and energy.
All we have is our inner state.
Inspired by meditation, we release physical contractions by moving gently, release heart contractions by opening slowly and pointedly, and release mind contractions using our breathing in a quiet meditation.
You will feel any sadness softening and dissipating with this practice.
Use the breathing to nourish yourself, it is an opportunity to nourish ourselves (inhalation), digest (the pause) and detoxify (the exhalation).
In this heart-opening restorative practice, the focus of the breath is to let go of heartache and to nourish the physical, emotional, and spiritual heart space with unconditional love.
A supported backbend and a variety of side bends and twists, enhance the suppleness of the heart as well as the entire region of the chest, which in Ayurveda is seen as the home of the kapha dosha (something we spoke about a few weeks ago), the energy of water and earth.
A meditation can help the process of embracing change. Yoga is about bliss, honesty.
Thank you to all who sent in gracious comments for the festival on Sunday, I am so grateful and humble for having the opportunity to serve our society.