Hello New Beginnings

Be Well Be Happy

Following up to my colleague, business partner and friend, Helen’s heartfelt column last week, “Goodbye Summer,” I am taking this opportunity to welcome the new beginnings of the coming season and welcoming, rather than resisting that change. Summer has always been my favorite time of year and I would reluctantly and sadly move into September, but as I got older, I focused more on my inner landscape rather than my outward environment. This focus coming about through the practice of yoga.

About three years ago, Helen and I were fortunate and grateful to have been guided by a member of the Board of the Belle Harbor Yacht Club—now one of our yoga practitioners!—to give a presentation at a monthly meeting to rent the space on the third floor. It really goes to show you the power of intention. We each were putting our thoughts and hearts out to the universe for a perfect “house” to which we could invite all in our community to practice with us and the other trained teachers. We were welcomed by the Board and started our business partnership there. Ocean Bliss Yoga had a new home. Everything aligned for us to offer a safe, peaceful haven for all. It has been an amazing journey of growth, depth and learnings. Life brings big new beginnings, small ones and all in between. 

Each person showing up for the first time to a yoga class experiences that new beginning. And, as Helen expressed last week, “we are all students for life.” So, every single time on the mat is a start anew. Awareness of where we are right then and there at that moment in time from a physical, mental and emotional perspective is the first consideration on the mat, then honoring that place and going from there. There are so many beginnings over the course of time when you practice the poses, the breathing practices, the meditation and the rest. Different types of poses help the body in so many ways. For example, back-bending poses on a physical level, promote spine health; on a mental level are stimulating; emotionally are exhilarating, helping to uplift a bad mood or feeling of depression. Deeper experiences happen in all realms: physical, mental and emotional. Further to Helen’s thoughts on breath practice, a crucial component of the yoga practice, linking the breath to the movement creates an inner rhythm and body/mind/heart harmony. This is my feeling during and after a yoga practice. It is very personal. It is unique. It brings us within and creates a feeling of ease. It can be life changing. It can help you to make a change you may have been thinking about because it is a coming home to you.

“Yoga is the journey of the Self. Through the Self. To the Self.”  - The Bhagavad Gita.

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

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