By Louise Applebome
May this year introduce you to new levels of physical and meditative yoga.
May you find the silence…the retreat from the din and the spin and the noise that cuts you off from the sanctuary and light within.
The physical practice of yoga is designed to slow down the inevitable wear and tear that comes with aging and to optimize fitness and function. And, everyone, each with their own unique capacity and limitations, can enjoy an essential physical yoga practice.
The keener your connection to yourself, in any given moment, the wiser and more astute will be your approach to your physical practice.
And, the better aligned, balanced, centered, strong, and flexible the physical body, the better will be the possibilities for a deeper inner journey.
That’s the harmony we’re always seeking in yoga [and in life].
The physical and the meditative pieces of yoga are not separate. They’re intertwined and come together like a lyrical dance. Their merging and marriage often result in euphoric moments.
The discovery of the essence of you.
And, whether you’re in a strong powerful pose (like Warrior II) or in a more gentle pose (like child’s pose), the physical and the meditative complement one another. The goal is full immersion in the moment.
Awareness, presence, observation, engagement, attention, concentration… all amidst the silence.
It all must exist, along with the physical movement, moments, and poses, in order to find balance, equanimity, and the essence and authenticity of you. The beauty of an ongoing yoga practice is the blossoming and unfolding of all the potential layers.
It all adds up to keeping the irrelevant and superfluous at bay during your practice, and to being fully and genuinely present with yourself.
And, we strive to have the canceling out of the clutter and the chaos “on the mat” to carry over into life “off the mat.”
So, as we explore chapter 2022 of our lives, let’s continue to try to find synergy and center amidst all of life’s twists and curves. Let’s yolk together the physical and meditative parts of our yoga practice, and try to calm the waters, find some peace and quiet, and stay fit of mind and body this year and beyond.
Louise Applebome, 68, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Dallas. After “retiring” from a vibrant and varied professional career, she became a yoga teacher. She teaches all her classes on Zoom right now and accepts students, young or older, from wherever they are, both geographically and in their pursuit of a yoga practice. Louise will help you stay fit and flexible, and release tension, aches & pains from the body…and the mind. Her yoga studio in Dallas is del norte yoga and you can reach out to her at [email protected].