The Mirror of Yoga

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These days I feel like Alice “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll, here in Oz everything is upside down! Fall is starting with it’s rains, cooler days and longer nights. The looking-glass metaphor also serves to describe my experience in my yoga practice.

The simple act of repeating day after day the same sequence of poses has brought me to a place in which the practice becomes a mirror. Breath after breath, I am alone with my thoughts, feelings and memories. Sometimes it is a pleasant experience and my thoughts come and go lightly, with little consequence. Other times, I am harangued by the same nagging discourse or assaulted by worry and fear.

Wether I’m entertained or bothered by the thoughts that present themselves during practice, I am simultaneously aware of a growing sense of ease. It’s a subtle sensation that tells me “Everything is ok.”

Maybe you too have a practice that helps you cultivate peace in your life. What is? What are it’s gifts?

This article was written by
Julia Zatta

Julia is a yoga anatomy teacher and bodyworker based in Barcelona, Spain.

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