Fun times over hear at Modo Yoga Minneapolis this week. I was very torn about what Intention to share this week, but this powerful quote really inspired a powerful Modo Flow Practice last Tuesday so here we go. And of course we had some major tunage as our back drop. Playlist at the end of blog.
And every day, the world. will drag you by the hand, yelling, "This is important! And. this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And. this!" And. each day, it's up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, "No. This is what's important."
- lain Thomas -
ON THE MAT
I walked into the hot room at Modo and asked them to put one hand on their belly and one hand on their heart. First, deepen the breath and notice how it lifts the hand on your belly. Notice how you you have the power to uplift yourself. Second, notice the heart beat on your other hand. Tune in. Feel how the breath can calm the heart. How it can calm your whole body. Notice how any tough or hard part of your day starts to soften.
On a daily basis as we strive to make a living and take care of all our responsibilities we are pulled in many directions. In each area of our life some one is telling you that their ‘thing’ is important. Turn on the news, and it will tell you what to worry about and what to be afraid of. We are in an age where stress is at very high levels. And this is why I LOVE yoga practice. It YANKS us back to our heart and says to the world, “NO, This is what’s important."
As we moved through the class we would return to meditation moments and let those words float through our body, “This Is What’s Important.” Yoga practice is incredibly real and incredibly powerful peace work.
OFF THE MAT
The deliberate act of returning to our hearts engages us, and offers up the ability to respond to stress with peaceful step forward. When we take care of ourselves, our body, our mind and our spirit, we have the opportunity to be more present with the people and tasks we face each day.
Life can get heavy. I only have one child and every day there are times I feel so much stress to make sure I am doing right by her and giving her a great life. I own a yoga studio with my ex-wife Ryann and each day I feel tremendous responsibility to make sure the community is thriving. We own a consulting business with 40 clients. Every day I feel the stress of wanting to make sure I offer them the right information/advice. Fuck, life can get heavy. These are moments in my life every day, and I know you feel stress each day too.
So I return to my practice. I return to me. I return to my heart beat and say to the world, “NO, this is what’s important.” When I take care of myself, I can step forward and respond to the stress with positive thoughts, words and actions. No longer do I react out of fear. I respond with a peaceful breath.