Yoga is the key to experiencing the physical self, and the breath is the door through which we enter. Once in the room of our minds, we may transcend the physical by way of meditation. The answers and the questions all lie within yourself, but to truly understand we must first let go of the desire to understand and open ourselves to divine reception. When the veil of expectation and control has been lifted, the core of truth-our authentic selves- is all that remains.
Envision yourself as a child, at the exposition of life, new and full of wonder. Revisit the feelings of confusion, the dawning of consciousness, that is childhood. Awash yourself in compassion for this child, and realize that she always lies within. Ever-hopeful and radiating pure authenticity, she guides you with subtle hands, beseeching you to forgive and to grow. Recognize the child inside, and allow yourself to see the child behind everyone’s eyes. We are all mired in experience, reactions, and encounters that trail back to our earliest years, and we are forever children of the universe.
Our interactions with others are a reflection of the way we view ourselves. Reluctance to forgive, suspicion, and judgment are all products of a personal imbalance. Seeking that balance is a life-long journey, filled with missteps and beauty; The answer is not found, but created along the way.
Realizing that you are at the beginning of your journey is the only way to start, and that is how we must approach every aspect of our lives. Unfurling out of ourselves to color life with meaning and love, we grow and expand into the infinite.
Balasana, or Child’s Pose, is a familiar and attainable posture for most yogis, and is a standard in most yoga practices. Balasana provides an opportunity to ground down through the hips, while breathing space into the lower back. Sending the inhales deep and low along the spine allows the chest and shoulders to broaden towards the floor, while the hips settle back onto the heels. Balasana relieves tension in the physical and emotional self, but providing a grounding posture that allows for full, deep breaths.
Kneeling with knees as wide as the mat, bring the big toes to touch behind your seat and walk the hands forward, folding over your legs. Feel the hips rest back on the heels, while the hands go wide to the corners of the mat. To bring energy into Balasana, reach the hands forward and lift the seat momentarily, stretching the space between the shoulder blades and breathing deep into the belly. Resettle the seat down on the heels, and take several rounds of breath.