8.23.2009

The Voice of Yoga

Yoga can be linked to song in many ways, in some classes the teacher or the whole group may sing, chant or even yell. Today I enjoyed listening to the Summer Singers share Mozart in C Minor. It was a lovely series of Latin verses superimposed over joyful music, for in fact Mozart composed this series for his own treasured wedding. As I listened to the 12 parts, my mind focused on the music at first, but at times my psyche wandered to life, future tasks and goals, and to my dear family, both alive and those that have passed from this world, both recently and long ago. When listening to this classical music, my mind felt occupied on a different level, and I believe to hear this music live and through human voice added a component that I plan to make a part of my life from now on.

Actually, I have been trying to include song in my life more lately because I have been studying the throat chakra, also known as Vishuddha. I happened upon this chakra because I have been going through the loss of a loved one and have experienced a feeling of tightness around my throat and neck, which I think is due to the stress and grief, and somewhat to the inability to release my emotions about the experience as constantly as I need to in order to find balance. I think I am making progress and experiencing growth, but there is definitely more to consider and feel. When or if you sense an imbalance in your body, it is always wise to seek the support of a doctor, but in addition, it might be helpful to consider the chakras, and how we might find gentle and sensible ways to aid in the healing of the mind and body, ourselves.

Namaste,
Kat

8.03.2009

Living Yoga


August has arrived quickly, the summer flowing by as it is likely to do. I have done yoga all summer for which I am grateful. Some fun places I have experienced yoga include my hotel workout room at the Westin in Baltimore, on the sunny shores of San Diego pre-surf lesson (see photo, Vanessa and I in dancer), in a small yoga apartment in Manhattan, KS, with a gifted teacher of great peace, and of course at the Barefoot Fitness Studio. I have felt joy experiencing yoga in a variety of places, both with good friends, and by myself also. May your yoga journey also allow you to find the warm embrace of life wherever you are.

In addition, I have read an interesting book this summer, one which has greatly opened my eyes both to the fragility yet resiliency of life, and to the wonder of this planet. If you enjoy science, history, geology, evolution, or just a good story consider checking out A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. You will not be disappointed.

Namaste,
Kat

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