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Join Sara Meeks, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., K.Y.T, and Charlotte Stone, CYT, E-RYT500, in this "Bone Safe" Bridge Pose, adapted to be safe and therapeutic for those with osteoporosis, osteopenia or low bone mass. Leave a comment and let us know how you like it, and please share with family and friends. Enjoy!
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While updating my studio
management software a few days ago, I happened upon a bit of information I’d never
noticed before: the studio’s exact location. Oh no, I don’t mean the street, or
city, or zip code. I’m talking latitude and longitude.
Latitude: 40.9018649, Longitude:
-74.0048757, to be precise.
I know what you’re thinking: no one will
be searching for the studio by latitude and longitude. And you’re right. So
I never did find out what the software
had in mind by providing this information. But I have some thoughts of my own.
In yoga, we speak a lot about the path
of yoga. We are on a journey. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras lay out a brilliant roadmap
for getting from here to there. Where we come from is a place of ignorance, pain,
stress, illusion and confusion. Where we are going is bliss, transcendence, truth,
We embark on this journey, this Magical
Mystery Tour, our sights set on this hoped-for outcome. If we work the practice
with diligence and persistence, and live the life outlined by the Sutras, we can
get “there,” while being fully present to each moment as it unfolds.
But on this particular day, faced with
this idea of latitude and longitude, I see a new aspect to the yoga journey: to
have a destination, we need to have a starting point. Where do we begin
the journey toward wholeness and healing?
Yoga asks us to look deeply at “Who am
I?” But, faced with latitude and longitude, a new line of inquiry beckons: “WHERE
Am I?” gets to the journey within, as we endeavor to excavate the soul and
discover our very essence. “WHERE Am
I?” opens a different door to self-discovery. Because, in order to set a
destination and choose a path that will get us from here to there, we need to
know where HERE is.
Present moment awareness is about time,
and about our experience of time expanded through mindfulness. Latitude and
longitude speak of location: a very specific place where we are. Knowing our spiritual coordinates – our very
own Yoga GPS -- provides us with that first pin on the map of our unfolding
So where does my journey begin? It
begins right here, at this latitude and longitude of my life. In this place, at
this time. And from this place, I know the practice will lead me toward that
other pin on the map: Self-Realization. It will lead me home.