In Body Experiences
I had always been fascinated by the way Yogis and Yoginis move. I don't only mean in the practice but also the way they carry themselves outside of the practice.
I remember how, during my teacher training days, I would wake up from my savasana (final relaxation pose) after our morning practice and find that the room had been completely cleared up from all the props. I couldn't believe it because as I lay resting with my eyes closed for 10 minutes, I did not feel my two teachers move in the room. They move with so much grace and awareness, that not once did they disturb our rest.
It also fascinates me because it is a display of grace. The way they move displays a true residence in the body. There is nothing happening in their body (good or bad) that they are running away from.
The way that many of us live is quiet the opposite. So disconnected from the body, accepting chronic pain as a reality, the body's need for rest as an inconvenience and the cries of the body for certain kind of nutrition as a faint whisper that is often ignored.
Have you had and ignored a knot in your throat? Your racing heart beat? The fire in your belly? The build up of a headache? The heaviness in your heart?
In Yoga it is believed that wherever your attention goes, prana (life force) flows. This means that if you pay attention to your body, you will become better attuned to listening to the signal of things that cause your suffering (physical and mental). You will also be naturally healing your body simply by completely living in it.
Weam is the founder of Namaste. She had started a very deep and intense spiritual journey at a young age having refused to continue to suffer with the common challenges of her generation: depression, anxiety and being lost. She insisted that there must be more to life than the constant rat race she was in