A turbulent week in our country has stirred up the energy around us and for many, within us. The work in our yoga class helps prepare us to weather difficult times: it draws us back to our centre, to our selves, for strength and perspective. We establish our grounding, a sense of stability and firmness; we connect to our breath and use it to turn toward stillness and resolve within. We set an intention. We challenge ourselves to explore what we can achieve in this moment- listening within, learning with each breath, carrying a lightness of spirit, and respecting our limits. And in so doing, our capacity for positive change grows.
A personal mantra can help to connect and retain positive energy and drive. Mine this week has been the words inspired by Gandhi “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I wish to see humanity let go of actions driven by fear and work collectively to steer our world toward better balance. I realise that is ambitious but I think it needs to be. The seeds of resolve must germinate within each of us before they can take root and flourish. Each person needs to play their part: the momentum of positive change is carried by each of us. So keep planting seeds and nurture them as they grow, one breath at a time.
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.