|This is EXACTLY how I look when I do Sun Salutations. It's amazing how I change color at each step.|
I registered for the session (which was free) at 5:30 in the morning in Howe Meadow in Merriman Valley. The morning was cool, and the grass was wet. A lady (who looked as hesitant as I felt) greeted me with a stick of burning sage to wave around and then pass on to another nervous novice, and I spread my mat in the wet grass next to the other people.
At 6:00 we started some Ohm chanting. Keep in mind, please, that I have NEVER done yoga outside of my living room. To chant with fifty other people was a little intimidating. Once the Sun Salutations began, however, I forgot about the people around me, and I just tried to focus on my breathing. As I followed along with three sets of eighteen sun salutations, with stretching breaks in between each set, the sun rose slowly through the trees, and I could feel it on my face as I turned my heart upward in Cobra position. At that moment I felt so in tune with nature and aware of my connection to it.
Why am I writing about yoga, you ask? Well, that connection I felt is the same connection I feel when I run outside. I feel more spiritual when pushing my body to its limits, and I feel one with the Universe when I can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell the trees, grass, and life around me. During these moments, I know there is a Purpose, and I know that I have a part in it.
I had to leave after the first three sets because I had to get home to my son before my husband left for work. I would have loved to stay. I will DEFINITELY do this next year. Maybe by then my arms will stop trembling.
Have you ever done yoga? Have you done 108 Sun Salutations?
When do you feel a connection to Nature?