How do you create connections with each other and yourself? How do you grow and maintain your relationships?
In yoga we talk about the connection to ourselves- feeling the sensations in the body, cultivating and guiding the breath, noticing our mind’s narrative. But I believe it is the connection we find with each other that inspires us to seek that within ourselves. We are social creatures and we desire to be among friends- people who make us laugh, people who understand and accept us, people who see us in ways we may not see ourselves. It is the connection with each other that brings us back to Joy- and reminds us that there is Joy in the world and Joy in our hearts. And while we may interact online through social media, REAL CONNECTION is face to face.
Sometimes is takes getting off the grid to practice yoga and re-connect: to each other, our surroundings, and finally back to ourselves… ultimately that is Yoga. It is nourishing, it is healing, it is GOOD! Keep connecting to each other. Call a friend instead of text. Meet up and grab lunch or tea. Take a yoga class or go on a retreat. Take a vacation! Take part in a group that gives back to the community. Be as present in your relationships with others as you are with yourself on the mat. Connection is what it is all about. It is the shift to awakening the heart and awakening our inner Joy!
This week I talked a lot about CONNECTION in class. And our interconnected-ness with each other. The BBC covered a story about a study done at the University of Oxford on “Why Humans Dance”. Dancing- (AND I’LL ADD YOGA)- and moving in synchrony (doing the same thing at the same time) boosts our endorphin levels and makes us feel closer to the people we move with. And it appears that our brains start to “blur the sense of itself and the sense of each other”. Meaning that our brains start to see all of us as one, not individuals. So, by moving and breathing together, we become even more CONNECTED. Go to YOGA people! (Thank you Sally H for sending me the link!!!)