the source

by michelle on December 12, 2012

Last week I was flipping through one of my long-time favorite yoga books and a few words leapt off the page and into my heart:

…back to the source.

Which I read to say,

Yoga takes us back to the source.

 

Something in my body softened. Unclenched. And I felt the deep release of an exhale. All signs of the presence of Truth.

Counter to this is our obsession with collecting, acquiring. The idea that bigger and more and better is better. The holidays are a magnified exaggeration of that.

But Yoga is a process of purification. It will knead and squeeze and disentangle not only your body, but everything you thought you knew about yourself.

Here in California, I look no further than out the window for inspiration: nature is stripping, shedding. Going down into the root. Letting go of adornment and getting back to the essential.

But reminders come in many forms: loss, grief, joy, love. I have experienced all of these (though, admittedly, it feels like some more than others) in the past year. So have you. I bet if you think back to the most vivid and meaningful moments, the flashes that stand out are as simple as they are profound.

Mine include:

some really long hugs
looking into my dog’s eyes
the sting, salt and coolness of tears
finding surprise flecks of glitter in my bed (and on my mat and on my arm and….)
hearing a friend say she has cancer
and last night it was the quiet twinkle of lights on the Christmas tree

Instantly, and most of the time without fanfare, whooooosh… I’m right in the moment. I’m connected to Source.

I think it’s difficult to use words to describe The Source, but we know it when we feel it. And we can feel it only Right Now, in the moment at hand.

With nature as our guide, may we all find those quietly connected moments—bare, vulnerable, aware, alive. Whether it’s a restorative pose, an active practice that wrings you out, or holding the hand of someone you love, it really is all Yoga.

 

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Madeleine December 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Beautifully put, Michelle, thank you – and, made for a great class on Sunday. ;)

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Rebekah December 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Mmm, thanks for sharing Michelle! Some of my recent source moments: the very start of a yoga class, when “my” cat insists on siting on my chest while I’m attempting to do something on my laptop, seeing a squirrel dying on Freeport Blvd on my way to work, being upside down, noticing this morning that it’s become more winter than fall… <3

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Tami - Teacher Goes Back To School December 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

mine include:

vulnerable conversations with friends.

holding my girl.

comforting my girl.

really feeling part of a family now.

quieting down in restorative poses and letting it be.

xo

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Liz December 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’d have to say I definitely felt connected to the source during labor and delivery this weekend. So powerful. Felt moved to do some yoga stretches before I left the hospital.

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Rebekah December 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

adding one more: soaking up a moment of good music + hot coco + beautiful Christmas tree

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