What an amazing evening in the hayloft! Tonight’s class was free of charge, in celebration of National Yoga Month in the spirit of making the transformational practice of yoga accessible to all.
There are countless benefits of yoga, and the Yoga Health Foundation offers a list of research-supported, evidence-based findings, supporting the relief of conditions ranging from fatigue to cancer, inflammation to menopause, anxiety & depression. Quite extensive!
What the list doesn’t quite get at, however, is the depth of connection we can cultivate in practice to our Inner Self, or our deepest truth. It’s hard to measure the subtle qualities that we get in touch with and develop through a yoga practice. Tonight’s class was guided by the heart center, opening both physically and energetically to our highest potential in our asanas and, ultimately, in our lives.
“The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam in it.”
At the end of class, as we settled into Savasana, placing support under our knees to nourish the low back, lengthening our necks, relaxing our shoulders, our arms, opening our hearts and palms to the sky in a gesture of receiving via letting go.
Even the horses got quiet. Matney brought out her guitar and sang till our hearts were as full as the moon …
Om shanti shanti shanti.
Thank you for a beautiful practice.
Matney’s band, The Mudflat Walkers, will be playing at their CD Release Extravaganza (kid-friendly!) upcoming on Friday, September 19th from 5-9pm in Fairhaven. I hope you will join me in celebrating (bring carrots for her four-legged co-star, whose Debut Performance will be featured during the Mudflat Walkers set)!