By : Nikki Savage

 

“I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being” ~ Rumi

 

 

The goal of asana in yoga is to condition the body to settle in and quiet itself. To teach the body how to adjust to create space for itself where it needs it. Asana prepares the body, giving it the flexibility, strength and stamina to be free and content in any position or circumstance. Where the body and breath unite, the heart is free to open and the mind is ready to listen. Here the real yoga begins.

 

When the body quiets and stills and the breath is easy, we dissolve into the moment. Here we understand our bodies as merely the vehicle for the Divine to experience life in a brand new way. We understand the polarities created by the spiraling soul that animates this world. We accept these polarities and then we let them go. Physical boundaries cease to exist as we understand all is one. We enter a more subtle state of being. We dissolve to reconnect.

 

We find the Truth in a pose in that dissolution. Our body is absorbed by the present. Our breath in sync with the cosmic rhythm, we break through another boundary. We see the world as Life sees it. This grand opportunity to create more joy, more beauty, and more love. We find the Truth of a pose when our heart opens. And we express our Truth in a pose when we smile. This particular smile, our authentic one, comes through our soul. It is not a smile we force. It is born in the moment. In asana, it is found in that stillness where our body hushes, our mind yields, and our heart opens.

 

This is why we practice. We practice yoga to connect. We practice to remember. We seek our own integrity and find a collective harmony. We remember Love’s song and rejoin the dance. We come back to it. The unification of the Self with the Truth ­~ ~Bliss. The greatest goal of asana is to create the space for this Bliss to integrate fully with the moment. And we can be sure of its success when this Bliss can no longer be contained, but must be shared and amplified through our being. This joy wells up within and erupts into the most effortless, primordial and exquisite movement of all. The genuine smile. The truth of yoga attained.

 

Yoga is union. It unites the pieces of the fractured self, putting them together into the authentic self, who alone has the ears to hear the highest self telling us to let go of all that divides. On the mat we create space in our hearts for joy and grace and we continue this practice off the mat by following those things in life that make us smile. Share your practice with the world, share your soul. Smile.

 

 

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