In awe of the subtle
From the ages 46 to 51, there have been some apocalyptic changes in my body. My hair is graying and receding; my arm is not quite long enough to read fine print; the spring in my legs are not launching me far off the ground; and my pants are not as loose…
Yoga is definitely helping slow this inevitable aging process and I’m happy to say that it is a practice that will be taking me (and Colleen) all the way to the last breath.
The breath, rightfully so, becomes the central axis of the asana (postural) practice. It is still amusing and fun to try to accomplish and deepen the “crazy and wild” yoga poses — but it becomes necessary and beautiful to imbue the simplest postures with prana (vibration of the breath). And as the alignment of a posture becomes sublime, the sense organs relax inward, and give the practitioner the sweetest physical and mental bliss. This becomes the doorway to meditation. All the energy of the outer world directs itself inward. Nothing is blocked out; nothing is a distraction. It is a little like diving under water with the ability to sustain your body functions without breathing.
Train yourself to be in awe of the subtle, and you will live in a world of beauty and ease.
Rodney Yee's upcoming events
November 2015 100-Hour Advanced Teacher Training: New York City, NY
November 13-15, 2015 Yoga Journal Conference: Miami, FL
November 20-23, 2015 Yoga Journal Live! at Kripalu: Stockbridge, MA
November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Yoga Class: Sag Harbor, NY
December 3, 2015 Workshop & Book Signing at Kaia Yoga: Westport, CT
January 15-17, 2016 Yoga Journal Conference: San Francisco, CA
January 29-31, 2016 Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health: Stockbridge, MA
March 31-April 3, 2016 Toronto Yoga Conference: Toronto, Canada
April 7-10, 2016 Yoga Journal Conference: New York City, NY