I had an absolutely wonderfully focused yoga class with Carina at Studio Bliss yesterday. Besides tapping into the pelvic tilt of Boat Pose and growing into power, Carina infused the entire class with a very basic and beautiful thought.
There are the intentions, actions and reactions of life. There really is only so much you can do, so much you can control. A certain measure of life needs to exist in an openness to spontaneity, leaving room, allowing space. Beautiful moments aren't planned. All we can do, said Carina, is align ourselves up with life.
But there are some very basic levels of support at work. Always, the breath, whether conscious or not, sustains us. Life wants us to breathe. Always, the earth, whether you acknowledge it or not, supports us from below. Simply tapping into the breath's potential to give us life, to lighten the upper body, to make the heart buoyant, while also grounding into the earth with legs and four corners of feet, these actions, pure and simple, are all you need.
Life after this simple yet profound class didn't seem so complicated anymore. Breath and Earth (and how cool is it that the word earth is written within breath?), all I really need to sustain my life. So now, when life gets away from me, all loud and complicated, I just tap into the earth and make sure I'm still breathing and smile.