We are like migrating birds,
The sadness of our departure
Is mitigated by
The joy of our reunion
- Author Unknown
Consider how your yoga practice offers you a conduit back to yourself. Through breath, attention, kinesthetic and energetic awareness, the practice brings us home to ourselves again and again.
As we forge the pathway of return, we might recognize how far we’ve allowed ourselves to depart. Our relationship with ourselves might feel fraught or long forgotten. Our inner being might seem distant and far away since we last took the time to connect within.
In those moments, it can be helpful to remind yourself to be present for the reunion that is taking place once again, right here and now. Acknowledge yourself for making the time and space for practice. And, be grateful for the practice itself as the technology that offers us passageway toward reunification with our most essential selves.
Presence, remembrance, and gratitude have the power to soften the sadness and replace it with tenderness.
Anjali Mudra, where the hands join together in front of the heart, is a gesture that honors the divinity within us and within all things.
Anjali means offering, and while this mudra is traditionally considered to be a stance of offering, prayer or salutation, it also holds within its form the movement from outside in, the pathway of reunion.
In practicing Anjali Mudra, we use our hands to return and center our awareness in the heart. This is significant.
In yoga philosophy, the hands are one of the primary “organs of action” with which we interact with the world around us.
Performing Anjali Mudra (particularly at the beginning or end of practice) signals our intention to infuse our mundane actions with the expansive perspective that informs our practice.
Joining our hands together in front of our hearts expresses our wish to inform what we do in yoga with the understanding of who we are.
It gives us the space to acknowledge that above all else our yoga should serve to connect us back to the larger vision we hold for our lives.
And, it offers the chance to remember that everything we do with awareness, consciousness and love becomes an offering to the larger movement of our lives toward wholeness.
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