Posts Tagged ‘Yoga’

Savasana

February 4, 2011

I had a hard time in yoga this morning. I wasn’t able to find the ease and the effort that make this class so awesome.  Until savasana.

I put my arms over my head, and my left arm was so tight, my elbow could not reach the floor.  I decided I was try to relax it into place by breathing and imagining that I was melting into the floor. Then I started thinking about dying and how cool it would be if we just let our bodies return to the earth after death.”Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” I’ve never had much of an opinion about what should be done with my body after I die (as long as whatever is done is consistent with human dignity). But now I want to look into ecological, green burial options.

It’s a weird thing to think about, but savasana is the corpse pose, after all.

Namaste

October 1, 2010

I went to my first yoga class today!  Caryl and Chris, my partners in The List project, are both taking the class, and our friend, Lori is also enrolled. I had been nervous about the class, but it was so much fun.  I think I am really going to like it. It seems like it will help me become physically stronger and the stretching and breathing felt good for my scars.

As the class ended, Julie, our instructor (who is really cool and gentle and patient — a peace-giver, I think), talked about the traditional greeting at the end of yoga class, “namaste.”  She said something I had never heard before but that resonates with me. She spoke about the root of the word being the same as the English word, name, and that the connotation of the greeting is, “I name you.”

When I was in radiation therapy, the thing that bothered me the most was that no one there ever called me by name.  It was awful.  So, recognizing someone by name is significant, giving you both individuality and connection. It was a great end to the class.  I am glad I went.

(Thanks Caryl and Chris! Namaste!)

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