Connecting with Nature
The word yoga means to yoke, unite or connect. Yoga is much more than connecting with our breath and body on a mat. I believe one goal of yoga is to recognize our connection with everything else. We are in a complex, interwoven relationship with all living beings and the natural world around us (trees, grass, and air). The summer is a lively time to get outside and experience this connection.
Going outside this past week, I have watched many bunnies hop around, a family of ground hogs, a family of turkeys, a snake, a hawk, toads, countless birds, deer and squirrels. I am sure I am leaving some little creatures out. Yes, snails. I forgot about all the snails. I am lucky enough to have a child who taught me the importance of stopping to watch all of these amazing creatures. I encourage you to stop the next time you see the beings we share the world with and watch what they do, how the walk, what they eat, if there are babies close by…all the miracles of life.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk in the woods. I love the uneven ground so different than pavement, the sounds of birds and little creatures scurrying around and the connection I feel as I breathe around all the trees. We don’t have to be in the woods to experience this feeling: we may go to a park, our backyard, or try listening and noticing what we may have been too busy to notice before. This is our yoga practice, connecting to the earth and having a deeper appreciation for all beings. Happy summer!
Christy Read, World Peace Yoga teacher began a regular meditation practice in college and shortly after took her first yoga asana class. She currently teaches yoga in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Christy is raising her daughter according to yogic values. Her family is vegan and meditates together however her daughter is not interested in asana (yoga postures) but there is still time!