Monday, November 08, 2010
Oh, what a wonderful weekend. The yoga festival was so well organized and run, that it was difficult to believe it was the first one this group had put on. All the workshops I went to were good and I learned something new about myself and about yoga and teaching yoga. Two workshops were especially outstanding. One was titled Silence in Symmetry and was led by the major organizer of the festival. His main premise was that the best way to achieve stillness and silence in an asana (yoga pose) was to work to create symmetry in your body. He then demonstrated 4 simples poses to assess symmetry. It is obvious I need to work on my backbends.
The second outstanding workshop was led by Max Strom and focused on breathing in symmetry with the poses. By the end while we were in savasana (prone on our mats with eyes closed and quiet breathing.) He then asked us to think of someone we wanted to tell of our gratitude for their involvement in our lives. Immediately my mother (who died 30 years ago) appeared in my mind. I loved her dearly and know she loved me, but she was not a very demonstrative person. In my mind we shared out mutual love and gratitude and she entered my heart. This morning as I awoke she was still there reminding of our love and gratitude for each other filled my body, heart and soul.