Laughter is stronger than the lungs with which we create it, which perhaps teaches us that we can become something greater than our hands, our voice, our smile, no matter how wonderful they all are.
We can become something much more, bigger than the sum of our parts. If we are true to our hearts, we can let our inner warmth and goodness shine out and touch those around us – whether knowingly or not, I don’t think that matters – for the better.
You may think how does this relate to yoga classes?
Well, many of us rush through life, from one thing to another, barely stopping to take notice of what we’re doing and often it’s easy to end up frazzled around the edges. Sometimes, it’s good to stop, draw breath and become aware of what’s happening around us, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Yoga is not just a series of physical postures. At its core, it’s about stilling the thought waves of the mind, to reach inner peace and enlightenment. That may just be a goal and perhaps you’re only in it for physical benefits (and that’s fine, by the way).
However, I think that most of you that have practised yoga with me and, no doubt, with other teachers, have left feeling rejuvenated and more relaxed. And this feeling – this yoga magic – helps us deal with our life in a more harmonious way helping our health and wellbeing.
© Sarah Swan (July 2015)