Take a second and notice your body, right now, in this moment, where are your shoulders? Are they reaching up toward your ears? Do you have any space to pull them down and back? Are you hunched forward, or is your chest lifted? I'm willing to bet you're paying a lot more attention to your posture now!
Our posture, how we hold our body, is directly related to all the stress, anxiety, and fear that runs through us, whether from little things that trigger us throughout the day or larger, more life changing events that are happening or have happened in the past and we may still be holding onto. Our body's response to these emotions is to try and protect itself the only way it knows how, by closing up, compressing and folding into itself. Our shoulders lift up toward our ears, we hunch forward as though this will protect our hearts. We close our hips around our stress and anxiety.
Yoga helps to undo all of that compression. It creates space in our body by stretching out our limbs and lengthening our muscles, we begin to expand our bodies in a different way than we do in our daily lives. Closed spaces open up to growth, we discover the abundance of space within our body. We release the negativity, fear, and tension we store in our body and make space for a flood of positive energy and love. Through yoga we move beyond what we normally consider the limits of our body and start to blur the line between where our body ends and the universe begins.
By focusing on our breath we can carry oxygen to every corner of our body, we can fill the cramped corners with new energy. We create space by lengthening our inhales and exhales, expanding our back, ribs, and belly.
Focusing on our breath and calming our thoughts creates space in our mind. Most of the thoughts we have every day are the thoughts we already had the day before and will have the following day - think of the space you can free up by releasing them even for a few minutes.
Through yoga we find the space to get connected to ourselves and the universe (rather than running around on autopilot). We create the space to be flexible in our lives and let go of expectations so that we can make room for anything to happen. We can start to welcome the unknown.
I am expansive. With each pose I open my body, with each breath I expand my mind. In this spaciousness I have created, love will flow.