Yoga with Melissa #337
by David Wagoner, from Collected Poems 1956-1976
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. you must let it find you.
Why is this metaphor of the forest such a powerful analogy of coming back to our own Selves? To me this poem speaks of profound listening, returning to our True Selves and the deep intention or sankalpa of our lives.
What does it mean to listen deeply that this poem and the metaphor of the forest and the trees offer us? There is a stepping out of everyday life, from the rushing, noise, confusion and distractions of our urban landscapes. There is call to stillness, to be quiet and to listen to that still voice within.
When we practice yoga, our body is an anchor to our present moment experiences. It allows us to settle and listen to ourselves. When we come to a place of peaceful abiding we enter a space where we are not pushed and pulled by life’s circumstances. We return again and again to the present moment. When we are present to the sensations of our body there is the possibility of self-knowing, caring present and intuitive insight.
This poem invites us to listen from a deep, recepting and caring place within ourselves. It allows us to be open to the unknown and unexpected. Lost allows us to trust in our own experience in a gentle and non-reactive way.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
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Today we focused a lot on the balancing yoga posture, tree pose. We have a Brain Yoga Class for Standing Balancing Yoga Postures. One of the things people ask me for help with most often is standing balancing yoga postures. One of the first signs of brain deterioration is when your balance starts to go. Using simple movement patterns on a daily basis, like the rocking, rolling, cross patterns, and crawling shown in this video will help to develop your brain. As your brain is nourished, your body is developed. When you make a movement you make a neural pathway for that movement. If you keep making that movement, you engrave that neural pathway for your brain. The more nerve connections you can make in your brain and your body the more your balance will improve. Try adding this yoga class into your regular rotation if you struggle with standing balancing postures and let me know if you notice an improvement.
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