Peace Power Grace
to a tribe that cares about community, the environment, children, education, diversity, and Yoga. To my brown-bodied, round-bodied, tight-in-the-hips, and loose-in-the-morals-bodied, trans-bodied, queer-bodied, and square-peg-in-a-round-hole-bodied yogis, you are home. Our bodies are holy vessels and Our minds are sacred spaces.
Yoga is an ancient Indian culture that dates back more than 5000 years. Traditional Yoga finds its roots in the Yoga Sutras (texts) of Patanjali, however, Patanjali was not the founder of Yoga, but one of the main expounders of it over the years, writing a great body of text on Yoga traditions, purposes, and benefits.
The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate.”
Ancient Yogis believed that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he had to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. For these three to be integrated, emotion, action, and intelligence must be in balance. Yoga is the practice of achieving and maintaining this balance. Yoga has three main components. Breath, (pranayama), poses or postures (asana), and meditation (prayer).
At Pure Peace Yoga, with great respect to those who carry the legacy of the practice, our interpretation is:
There is ancient wisdom in our bones and deep wells of compassion in our hearts. Yoga helps us remember them because God knows we've never needed them more. Yoga is about the union of a person’s own consciousness (spirit/soul) and the universal consciousness (God, the Universe, the Universal Field, Holy Spirit, Allah, etc...) you see where I'm going with this?
Practicing yoga brings the content of our beings to the surface so we can see it. Inside the cellular body, we hold the memories of every emotion we’ve ever experienced: sadness, fear, anger, etc. Through Yoga we can tap into these memories and process and heal our pasts, without having to re-live any trauma so that we can stay rooted into the present moment, where our power lies.
Yoga is a wonderful support to any therapy or counseling you may already be undergoing. Many doctors in the modern world are prescribing it for many things, including as an immune and respiratory support in the crazy times we are living in. We have never needed movement, mindfulness, and breath more than we do right now. You were born for such a time as this. Rise up.
You can read more about me, Stella, the mover, and shaker behind this virtual shala, here on our blog.
See you on the mat, in your heart.