Yoga with Melissa 343 Poetry In Motion Paradox

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The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less.
We buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We accomplish less.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

This poem speaks clearly about how our yoga practice allows us to stay connected in a high speed, low connection culture. It reminds me of the slow movement, which seeks to connect us more meaningfully with others, the place we live and ourselves. The issue of time poverty can be solved by making a connection, with ourselves. The slow movement evolved out of an effort to counteract our fast-paced, commodity-focused, unbalanced and impersonal modern culture.

Through our yoga practice we can slow down and get to know how our body feels, not just how it looks. It may be tempting to shape your body like the latest cover of a yoga magazine or that photo you saw on instagram, but even more important is to slow down, find space within you and ask yourself, how does this feel in my body? Our yoga practice gives us space away from the busy-ness of daily life where we can develop a relationship with our breath, our body, our mind, our emotions and energy that is truly our own, far away from the showroom window. Through our yoga practice we connect to the ground of ourselves and create the inner space to truly know our soul.

The practice itself is quite minimalist, even without a yoga mat, with only your breath and your body you can develop an intimate connection with your true home, discover what really matters to you and begin to shape a life that is meaningful to you. We develop patience over years to allow our body to unfold as it will. Through twists we allow our bodies to digest at a pace that makes sense to each one of us as individuals, with no need to rush. As my teacherś teacher Vanda Scaravelli always said, ¨Infinite time and no ambition.”

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Props Needed: 2 blocks, meditation cushion, chair

Yoga Postures/Asanas: square breath, Reclined Hand to Big Toe Pose or Supta Padangusthasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Reverse Table or Ardha Purvottanasana, Gate Pose or Parighasana, Vayu Mudra Three, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Parsvottanasana or Pyramid Pose, Triangle Pose or Trikonasana, Warrior Three or Virabhadrasana Three Pose, Half Moon Balancing pose or Ardha Chandrasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, Zig Zag Twist or Bharadvajasana, Squat or Malasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

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