The past few weeks have shown visible signs of the ever present state of change that we live in. We have reached the apex of seasonal transition and are taking the first steps into spring. The moon has filled with luminosity and is now ready to shed its layers. Rain has finally graced our city to turn trickles of streams into raging rivers, clearing and cleansing the banks as she flows.
This is a reminder of why I practice yoga. To feel at home in constant change. I notice it in my breath. Inhalation effortlessly leads to exhalation. Exhalation effortlessly links to inhalation. Where is the transition here? Is it found in between these two states of the body in breath?
The idea of flowing through transition is often attributed to Vinyasa yoga where the breath is mindfully filled with movement. In this practice the shape of the body is in constant change. As Cindy Lee writes, “Vinyasa is a way to embody the notion of being with change.” It is the physical exaggeration of what is going on in our cells and in our minds at every moment of every day. Through this practice on our little mats, we can explore what it’s like to flow mindfully with change in a bigger, daily life, kind of way.
I invite you to stay awake to the sensations of each transition, as well as each pose. To cultivate appreciation in each part of your life, in those of breath, and in those parts found in between.