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Yin Yoga vs. The Coronavirus

Yin Yoga vs. The Coronavirus Yin Yoga has taught me about the yin and yang energies; or to put it simply, the light and the dark. Picturing the commonly known yin and yang symbol, one may notice how the light-side has a dark dot within and the dark-side has a light dot within. Here lies the basic, foundational teachings of Yin Yoga… that within the light and dark,  the other can always be found. How does this relate to the Coronavirus? In more ways than you’d think… The Coronavirus is a representation of darkness or yin energy. We tend to see darkness as scary because it is unknown and unfamiliar territory. We learn through practicing and experiencing yin yoga, that darkness is not here to harm or cause fear, but rather to teach us about ourselves. I believe that it is within our truest nature that we find the happiness and peace we’ve always looked for. When we trust, listen, slow down, ease tension, and look into the darkness… that is when the light is revealed; and from experience,

Ahimsa: Highest of all the Yamas

Ahimsa: Highest of all the Yamas I love studying yogic and spiritual philosophy. I’ll give myself little assignments to keep me accountable and learning, and they’re always outrageously more work they I think. I remember forcing myself to go to the library a couple times a week during my 200 HR YTT to write and re-write the Sutras for memorizing. I’ve come to realize that this approach to the teachings sucks them dry of their nectar and nourishment. They’re not meant to be studied like you would in college to pass an exam. They’re not meant to be crammed or shown off as credentials. They’re meant to be embodied. Loved. Soaked-up. Lived with the fullest attention and compassion.  Ahimsa. However, I’m still learning, so of course just a couple weeks ago I gave myself the assignment to sit down each morning with a different Yama or Niyama. It didn’t take more than two days to realize that one morning was not  nearly  long enough to sit in the beauty and teachings of each one; so I’ve been