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InSpire - April 2013

InSpire - April 2013

What can we reap from the word “inspire”?
Stimulate: motivate, cause, incline, persuade, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, spur (on), goad, energize, galvanize, incite, impel, animate, fire the imagination of, fire with enthusiasm, inspirit, incentivize.
Give rise to: lead to, result in, bring about, cause, be the cause of, prompt, produce, spawn, engender, be the inspiration for.
Arouse: awaken, prompt, cause, induce, ignite, trigger, kindle, produce, generate, bring out, give rise to, sow the seeds of.

I discovered that there is so much about yoga that I found embodied in this word “inspire”, and so it came to be...
Each month I would like to offer an “InSpire”, to encourage myself to be more present, as well as contribute a small offering to the yoga community around me.

The Mindful Path...embodying the breath...
At the moment, I see the spiritual path as a process for self-exploration, self-acceptance, and self-transformation. We are led by each breath and each movement we make, not only on the mat, but more importantly what is happening off the mat, in our daily lives.
We are continuously being affected by our physical, mental and emotional “beingness”, as well as by society and the environment surrounding us.
“Cultivating a gradual, simple, expanding awakening in this process of self-transformation revolves around continuously coming back to a sense of samasthihi - equanimity of body, breath, mind, and spirit.” Mark Stephens

We need to embody in our bodies well, using our practice and the breath, observing ourselves in a non-judgmental way. Once the body is relaxed, balanced and quiet, we can open-up in the heart centre, invite quietness in the mind, and appreciate the path just as it is.

I appreciate the way Sarah Powers writes, so instead of attempting to rephrase good words, I will share hers:
Prana means life force, and yama means to enhance or to alter. Pranayama is a practice that enhances our pranic vitality and concentration skills by altering the three aspects of breathing; the inhalation (puraka), the exhalation (rechaka), and the pause (kumbhaka). It is a wonderful prelude to meditation because it calms and steadies the mind. It also helps clear blockages in the meridians, expels toxins from the blood, and rids the lungs of stale air. The rhythmic internal pressure stimulates the circulation of cerebral spinal fluid, bringing refined energy to the brain cells and glands, encouraging the center of the brain to work nearer to its optimal capacity, and the whole body is nourished by the extra supply of oxygen that is absorbed while carbon dioxide is efficiently expelled.”

What are we observing and practicing on and off our mat this month?
Breath awareness

“Lokha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu”
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

May all beings be free from suffering; may all beings be happy. May the thoughts, words and actions of my life contribute in some way to this happiness for all.