How Death Helps My Yoga
Okay, so not literal death like “oops! I was shot out of a cannon and died, but hey the way my carcass landed is a sweet Asana.” More so the cycle of death and life, like the seasons. This past week was the autumn equinox, also known as Mabon. This is a time to reflect on the previous year, when we can celebrate our “harvest,” (successes,) and what didn’t work.
In the eight fold path of yoga, there is one part that is called the Pratyahara, which is about turning inward. Looking at those previous successes and areas to improve. Yoga has a beautiful philosophy, and can be tricky to follow, reflection upon the year, and on one’s self (your harvest) can be the most difficult, yet the most fruitful.
Savasana, something we do not do enough in our society, relaxation. Savasana is also known as corpse pose. It calms the brain, and helps to relieve stress. It is also the pose that lets all your freshly oxygenated blood get to every part of your body.
Life is fleeting. You never know what is around the corner, so do what feels good. Yoga is bliss, both the mind set and the physical practice. Take care of yourself. You are your best advocate.
As we approach the fall season, the Halloween season, as the earth falls asleep and we are in a time of cleansing it is good to remember to be good to yourself.
“September sun glowing golden hair Now keep in mind son she was never there October’s rust bisecting black storm clouds” -Peter Steele