Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Place Where The Light Enters - Big Yoga

Welcome to the Big Yoga/JunoActive blog!  I’m excited to share with you the big-ness of Yoga—from the physical practice of Hatha Yoga to the more subtle practices such as meditation, self-inquiry, and devotion.  Yoga is an ancient tradition. The physical postures--Hatha yoga--were developed to enhance flexibility and comfort in the body, allowing the yogi to sit undistracted for long periods of meditation.  The ultimate goal was to realize the true nature of the Self, which is peace and supreme bliss.

You may have had a taste of that connection during a yoga class, or in a simple yet profound moment watching an exquisite sunset or a baby sleeping.  Suddenly, the mind is quiet and we feel suspended in time, peaceful and content.  That’s the sweet feeling that has kept me coming back to Yoga for over 40 years!

I want to share a little bit of my personal story.  I started studying Yoga back in the late 60’s, took a teacher training in 1978, and have been teaching ever since.  Recently,I moved to Yogaville, an Ashram community, after the devastating loss of my son, Sam.  At age 31, he was much too young to leave this earthly plane, but God had other ideas.  I came to Yogaville to spend time among old friends, meditating, chanting, and deepening my practice and enjoying the healing energy of the ashram.   Often we come to a spiritual practice because we are hurting.  In the words of poet and mystic, Rumi, “The wound is the place where the Light enters”.

If you’re interested in Yoga simply because you want to stay in shape, you won’t be disappointed!  There is a wide variety of poses, vinyasa flows, breathing techniques, chants, meditations, and guided relaxations that can be used as a way to firm up, settle down, expand your consciousness and minimize stress.  I look forward to sharing the wisdom of Yoga to improve the quality of your life, and the lives of all you love.

Meera Patricia Kerr
Author of BigYoga: A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies

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