It is going to be a pretty EPIC weekend in Asheville – Yogis from all over the country flocking toward the LIGHT that is this beautiful city and ancient land. I will be sharing ALL things New Human, New Earth, New Consciousness, New Energy with this eclectic gathering of masculine/feminine cultures, beliefs, minds and hearts. VERY exciting – feeling VERY blessed.
I welcome your thoughts, presence and love into this harmony, peace and JOY… sharing a few words here from beloved meditation and yoga teacher Michael Stone:
So many people define yoga as a verb. It derives from the root ‘yug‘ which means to unite or to connect one thing or yoke one thing with another; the breath with the body, the mind and the spirit, the soul and god or whatever your vocabulary is. But actually the term ‘yug‘ is taken out of its verb form when it becomes ‘yoga‘ which literally means that everything is already inherently united. You don’t need to unite one thing with another because, in fact, everything is already inter-permeating everything else.
I like to translate the word yoga as intimacy, literally being one with everything. But I think that sometimes we get a little bit inflated about what our ideas of intimacy or oneness might be. Maybe we want to be one with pleasure or what we think is beautiful, but do we really want to be one with loneliness or one with pain or one with war… And really do we want to open up and be one with everything? So the core of the practice of yoga or the heart of yoga is really opening up to the reality of how life really happens, not the way we want it to happen or the way we think it should happen. And to recognize that underneath all of our ideas about how we think life should go, everything is inherently intimate. We are connected with water and with plants, with culture, with great art, and with friends in ways that are bottomless. What interests me about yoga practice is how the various limbs or practices of yoga can wake us up to that level of intimacy.