Monday, March 30, 2009
I was on a retreat this weekend that was wonderful and had all the elements I love - fellowship, nature, yoga, great teaching, and opportunities to reflect on where I am and where I need to make changes. The focus was on spiritual disciplines (perfect for Lent!) and yoga serves as a spiritual discipline for me. I taught a couple of classes and was so blessed by the women who joined me to practice. We had a nice mixed of beginnners and experienced yoginis. I hope the new ones have found a practice that will be good for them both physically and spiritually. At any rate, in preparing for the classes I found a great quote in Thomas Ryan's book Prayer of Heart and Body (he is quoting someone else, Carolyn Cronk) about relaxation pose. I will also read this to my class tonight, have posted it on the Christian yoga team, but also wanted to share it here. The whole book is wonderful, and I feel that this quote is a particular gem.
"The letting go in relaxation is in and of itself significant; the entire front of my body being open and vulnerable is a position of great trust, calling to mind the trust in God that is the ground of my faith. Conscious awareness of how I am supported by the earth beneath my back recalls both my connectedness with all of creation and the unfailing support of God's love. Focusing on nothing but my breath entering my body reminds me of how there is nothing essential to life that is not provided through God's love for me. Finally, my open and upward-facing palms are a gesture of gratitude and of readiness to receive the gifts of love and grace."