I came across this inspirational quote:
“At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything else.” —George Leonard
Not sure if Mr. Leonard was intentionally describing yoga when he wrote the above quote, but his words are yoga teachings. One of the most incredible benefits of the yoga practice is just how connected we become to ourselves, to others, to nature, and to life!
After a yoga session, I feel my feet are more deeply a part of the earth. And it’s not just me. Many people leave their yoga sessions feeling more deeply connected to life. During shavasana, we come to stillness and in that stillness, we rediscover the flow of breath, the inhalations and exhalations. We unearth clarity, we reestablish balance and embrace wholeness. Later, we leave our yoga sessions fully connected to a particular season, the earth, trees, grass, all creatures domestic and wild. The yoga practice reminds us that we are connected to humanity, to possibilities, to wind and breezes, sky and rain and sunshine.
Yoga is a meditative practice, essential to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Yoga helps us unearth the “silent pulse of perfect rhythm” so we can feel more fully connected to life.
Enjoy the photos below taken last weekend at a privately booked retreat at Little Renaissance. The retreat participants, a very enlightened and joyful group who enjoy yoga, the beach, good food, and lively conversations, are co-workers from Casey Family Programs, a Seattle-based foundation committed to working with child welfare (keeping children safe and loved) and strengthening the resilience of families. For more information, read about Casey Family Programs.