Recently, I was thinking about how the physical practices of yoga really help us embody our experiences. In working through the body with our physical practices, we allow ourselves to let go of experiences we no longer need, process emotions that are unresolved, and hang on to only what is true and real. There are so many different yoga practices, such as meditation, breathwork, and the study of spiritual texts, and these practices are most effective when they are embodied, meaning when we apply them to the reality of our daily lives.
It is through our physical body that we express our spirit. Many spiritual traditions relate the body as being like a vehicle. It is a vehicle for our soul to communicate in the world, to share with others, and travel along in this journey. I am currently reading “A Course in Miracles,” which talks about a similar concept. The Course says:
The ego separates through the body. The Spirit reaches through it [the body] to others
The Course goes on to describe that the Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication. It describes that the body can be used as a vehicle of “attack,” for example when we pound our body through our daily stresses of constantly being on-the-go, or we can see the body as a vehicle for transmitting our soul’s purpose in the world. In Yoga, we call this Dharma, our soul’s purpose. Our Dharma is not necessarily our job or career (although it can be); rather, our Dharma is interacting in the world aligned with our deep purpose, which may mean moving through the world with love, or being a supportive listener to everyone you meet. Your Dharma may be simply to see that the same light in you is also in others.
The Course goes on to say:
You are not limited by the body and thought cannot be made flesh, yet mind can be manifested through the body if it goes beyond it and does not interpret it as our limitation. Whenever you see another as limited to or by the body you're imposing this limit on yourself
So, life is so much more than the physical body, yet our physical body is so important because it is our vehicle for sharing our soul’s purpose with the world. When we recognize this in ourselves and in others, we are truly practicing yoga – the state of union and interconnection.
So, take care of your body by keeping strong and flexible; your mind will follow. We are launching a new schedule of classes and teachers on August 1st to help you do just that – to embody your experiences through live, online yoga classes designed to fit your busy schedule. Take this time for yourself, to nourish and strengthen your body, mind, and spirit. Stay tuned…