One day a mother and her son were watching all the little lizards playing in their back yard in Florida. The mother noticed that many of the lizards were missing their tails, and commented to her son that it seemed so sad that so many of the lizards seemed injured or damaged in some way. Her son responded by saying: “Mom, don’t worry about that. Lizards can re-grow their tails!”
The Pandemic has impacted our sense of security and social connections
Most of us have experienced trauma and loss – or at the very least a great deal of stress – over the last fourteen months of our lives. The impact of the Pandemic now seems to be receding and the world is slowly re-opening. However, we are now faced with the challenge of re-engaging and re-defining our interactions with the world. We have a new sense of uncertainty about what is safe, and awareness of the fragility of our existence.
Yoga: Finding renewal, confidence and creativity
If you are already a practicing yogi, you know that one of the great benefits of yoga is that it cultivates our ability to find strength and resilience in spite of challenge. We call our yoga a “practice” because we are always preparing for what life brings us. The Pandemic was one of those things we have been practicing “for”!
When we practice yoga we find stability in the earth beneath us. We rise up with the breath, and with an exhale we release and soften what does not need to be held. We repeat this again and again, until it becomes the rhythm of how we live our lives.
We can always begin with the next breath. We find confidence in the strength of our bodies. We find beauty and creativity in movement on the mat. Our awareness of body and breath connects us to the mind and brings us into the present moment. Living in this moment can help us let go of the anxieties and fears we all shared over the past year. We can let go of the trauma we have experienced and bring our natural creativity into action. This is how we renew ourselves and find healing and growth.
Ahimsa (non-harming, compassion) and our responsibilities to each other
We have now seen how connected we all are across the globe. We have realized how much we need each other, and are dependent on each other for survival. As we move forward with recovery from the Pandemic, it is an opportunity for us to become actively engaged in supporting each other – and to find ways (unique to you) that you can be part of healing yourself, your community and the world. You can make a difference. As you integrate the physical practice of yoga with an understanding of the ethical principles of our practice, it leads to an awareness of your own essential role in manifesting the most important principle of yoga. That principle of non-harming or non-violence is a call to act with compassion and empathy in our world. It reminds us of the importance of self-care and the responsibility to be a healing force in the world.
Be like the lizard – keep growing and re-generating. Be creative and strong. Make a difference!
Rebuild your strength
Regain your balance
Revive your energy
Refresh your mind
Rekindle your soul.