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I grew up constantly hearing my mother say, “Eileen you climbed out of your crib before you were nine months old, you never walked you ran and you still haven’t learned to slow down!”
What slowed me down at 59 was accumulations of physical injuries that also led me to begin the practice of yoga.
At this morning’s Yin class, led by Jenny who gracefully glides across the floor reminded us to be compassionate and loving to ourselves and opening to the grace that is always available to us in the midst of our pain and suffering.
Grace is understood as elegance in form, manner, motion, action as well as mercy and clemency.
In Christian theology grace is defined not as a created substance of any kind, but as the love and mercy given to us by The Divine Creator as a spontaneous gift IF we are open to receive it.
When I began the Practice of Yoga last October [instead of undergoing total bilateral knee replacements] the very first question Gina, my first teacher at One Yoga asked the class was to offer One Word to explain WHY we were there.
“CHANGE” is what my heart and voice said, and that is exactly what I have been receiving ever since!
Over the following few weeks with Gina, she told me: “In Yoga you will always receive The Teacher you need.”
Two weeks ago, I attended five classes taught by five different teachers and every ONE of them offered me The Change I needed to learn.
During last Saturday’s Yin class taught by Max, he led us into “child pose” which we held a very long time.
Yin Yoga as Gina says is about “relaxing into the discomfort of therapeutic change.”
Because of my decrepit knees* Max bolstered me into more of a Restore Child's pose, so I could surrender into the support of the bolsters.
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