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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Overcome all darkness

It wouldn't be restorative yoga if I didn't cry.

I went back to yoga tonight for the first time in months. Restorative is different from regular yoga because it's very slow, and designed for people with injuries. We do only 5 or so poses in two hours, and there are loads of props to make sure nothing gets injured.

As I have posted about before, it's always an emotional rollercoaster. Being along with yourself, with your body, is a pretty big deal. Certain stretches can make you feel extremes of emotion.  And the teacher is wonderful at discussing the philosophy.

Tonight she talked about what she likes most about restorative. She said, roughly, that she liked the act of setting up the props as a symbol for setting up a place to heal. You get into the poses, and you don't have to be actively engaging all the time. The props help you in that way. The point of restorative, she says, is to be able to receive. Being open to receive what others, or the universe, offers you for healing.

This is the prayer we say at the end:

May the entire universe be filled with peace and joy, love and light. May the light of truth overcome all darkness. Victory to that light.

3 comments:

  1. Amen girl! Hang in there and get well soon. My regards and greetings from Greece. :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Hope to visit beautiful Greece someday!

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