The Blessing of Yoga
The yoga sutras are 196 sayings about yoga written before 400 CE by the sage Patanjali. They are considered the “yoga Bible” and an authoritative text. The first sutra is “Atha yoganusasanum,” which is usually translated as “And now the practice of yoga begins.” During my therapy training, I learned that “atha” also means “blessing,” which gives the phrase additional significance and meaning.
I love the idea of yoga—or any kind of aligned and mindful movement—as a kind of blessing that we give ourselves. It’s a blessing that not only benefits us, but everyone. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one definition of “blessing” is “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.”
The more comfortable I can be in and with my body, the less I am distracted by little (or large) aches and pains, the more I can focus on using my gifts in the world. The more I learn about how to move well, the kinder I am to myself. As I learn to be kind to and respectful of myself, the easier it is to extend that to others.
What can you do today to move with mindfulness? What kind of blessing are you giving yourself and the world?