This summer, I was in such a nice routine getting to yoga classes 3 times a week. Then September rolled around and I got very, very busy. Busy with work and busy with family. So naturally (and unfortunately), I ended up not going to yoga regularly. I went from 3 times a week, down to once a week, then weeks and weeks of not going at all! And, here’s a big surprise, I was feeling so stressed and pressed for time than I was even having trouble sleeping. When I truly needed yoga, I wasn’t going! (It really is bad when you know what you should do and don’t do it)
So, today I made time to get myself to the yoga studio. I was a little apprehensive as it had been a good six weeks since my last class. I was anxious that I wouldn’t be able to keep my mind focused, wouldn’t be able to concentrate on my breathing and wouldn’t be able to get into all the poses.
Well the class started and the instructor started by talking about fear! She said, we all come to class with fears, and fears about poses. She shared her fear of Hanumanasana — Splits Pose. She told us the meaning behind the pose; the legend of Hanuman
The story is about Hanuman, the monkey son of the wind. His best and most devoted friend King Ram had a beautiful wife, Sita. King Ram and Sita were deeply in love. One day a demon kidnapped Sita. Ram asked Hanuman to rescue Sida. Hanuman discovered that Sida was being held on the island of Lanka and leaped from India to Lanka, one foot stretched out in front of him and the other behind (splits).
Our instructor concluded that it was Hanuman’s desire to do the impossible out of his love for Ram and Sita that enabled him to leap across the ocean. Out of love, he took a leap of faith. She went on to say that we can overcome our fear by taking a leap of faith out of love.
I thought that was a wonderful message and I went on to have a very good class. I always find it amazing that whenever I go to yoga I receive a message that is perfect for where I am in my life. Here’s to a leap of faith!