Yoga means “to yoke, to join, to connect.” What are we connecting to? That’s the question. Sometimes, it’s to our body, awareness, the heart, but basically, it’s to this very subtle and expansive moment. Yoga is the relationship. Or, sometimes I like to say the REAL ation SHIP.
Sonata is a Latin word which literally means “sounded.” This word reflects the experience of yoga, since intentions, actions, and spontaneous expressions become manifest through the instrument of the body. “So that’s what my body is doing all day you ask…?” Yes! That’s what’s happening in your body right now. Can you listen to it? Is it a jazzy kinda thing when it becomes playful? Formless can become form, bouncing back again, in a rhythmic expression of heartful, artful, sorrowful sweeps of deep investigation—lest we not forget opportunity.
Asanas (the poses) may embody the sound of all— pulsating, expanding, contracting and downright twisty-turny fun. However, in all honesty, it’s also really freaking difficult though. Try working your abs like you have five girdles on, or balancing on one foot while closing your eyes. Visit what it’s like to be a tree, a dog— leaping through space in transitions, and then in the heat of a pose, wishing it would all just be over already, because you want to vomit. Then suddenly, you see a person doing “better” than you, and you so desperately want to “be that good.” Or better yet, they are looking pret-ty darn good in their LA yoga gear from where I’m standing…….. Wait! There’s someone over there standing on their head for crying out loud! Now, THAT is terrifying!
So, why do it? Why do so many people love to come back to class to practice Yoga? Well, for the LOVE of it. It’s worth it, YOU are worth it, and you might just inspire someone next to you just by being who you are. If you fall on your ass, someone will smile. BUT they will also offer to help you up….and then who knows…?
So the journey begins. May our practice benefit all beings—starting inside the flame of your own heart, may the warmth of your own radiance inspire you to participate and engage in this playful dance of Art. Practice is the first step.