Thursday, January 10, 2013

Live Now: Yoga Class Reading

One of my absolute favorite yoga poses is savasana. For those of you who aren't familiar with it you lay down on your back, with your arms and legs spread slightly apart.  Your eyes are closed and you just listen to your breath.  100% of yoga classes I've ever been to or taught have ended with this pose. It is the time when your body can relax and absorb everything from the class.  

At the end of my classes while my students are resting in savasana I always share words of wisdom.  Sometimes I share a thought that I've been having that I think can be beneficial for the class.  Other times I read a poem or excerpt from a book. This is what I've been reading for the past week and my students always comment about how great it is after class. It's become something I've come back to many times since the first time I read it. I hope you enjoy it and take the idea with you.

Live Now

The past is history, so let it go.
The future is a mystery, so let it come.
The present is this moment now--a gift.

To be truly present today, it is useful to release all your fears, which are based on the past, and your worries, which are imagined futures. This is the work of someone who truly wants to awaken, and break free from the anchors and burdens of dead yesterdays and speculative tomorrows.

It begins simply--with awareness. 
See your fears, see your worries, look them in the face, watch them come and go.
Treat them like your children on their way out to play. 
Let them go.

Be here now they say, easier said than done I know.
But no one can stop us except for ourselves.

There is only now--even if you are in planning mode, stay in the present as you plan tomorrow, it's when we drift into tomorrow with our imagination that we succumb to a lazy avoidance of this moment.
Live now.

Adapted from Living Life Lightly
Author Unknown

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