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Lotus Flower and Yoga

Lotus Flower and Yoga

The lotus flower is probably most synonymous with yoga. Why? It grows from the depths of the soil beneath the water. It seeks the sunlight from below, grows, and blossoms. I chose the photo because it’s not what you normally see, just the lotus flower in all it’s glory, but brush surrounding it. This is what yoga is like for me, sometimes I’m the brush blocking the sunlight, sometimes I’m the leaf absorbing the sunlight to go into the roots, sometimes I’m the water providing a home and nourishment, sometimes I’m the lotus flower in the depths of the water trying to surface, and sometimes I’m the lotus flower in all its glory. The world is like that -blocking you, taking your energy, stunting your growth or nourishing your growth.

Yoga helps me grow. With this blog I hope that you will grow with me.

Lotus Pose is the pose you likely think of most often when you think of yoga. Legs bent and crossed. Feet tucked between the knees. Back straight and tall. Eyes closed. Hands on knees, probably palms facing upwards, or perhaps in a mudra. Practice this. Okay, well practice being still for a moment. Try to keep your back straight and tall, or the best posture you can have at this time, eyes closed if that’s comfortable for you, hands relaxed somewhere comfortable. And let go.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we are not perfect. We don’t have the perfect Lotus Pose you see in yoga magazines. Practically speaking, I’m not physically capable of being able to tuck my feet into my knees. My thoughts wander constantly. My brain doesn’t shut off more than a few seconds at a time. This is all okay. Be present. Breathe. Relax. Do what you can do for you in the present moment to help nourish your growth.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Om Peace, Peace, Peace

Namaste

 

 

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Robyn Boettner

Robyn is the resident yoga instructor on this site. I have been practicing yoga since 2000 and became a Certified Integrative Yoga Teacher in 2005. I became a teacher to learn more about yoga and integrate it more into my lifestyle. I then realized that I wanted to make yoga accessible to everyone. I have taught at Y's (YMCA & YWCA), community centers, community colleges, and various other locations throughout the decade. I hope that through this blog we can explore yoga together.

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