Most often, my yoga practice starts in Balasana (Child's Pose). It's considered a grounding pose. The body folds inward, forehead touching the ground. It's a safe place, an exit from the craziness of everyday life, where the only thing that matters is that space at that time. In Balasna, I kind of feel like a child closing his eyes in the hopes he won’t be seen.
From here my practice unfolds and opens up with poses that draw the shoulders back, chest lifts, and I find strength and balance where I didn't know I could.
And then, my body returns to the mat, from the crown of my head to the tips of my toes, I find stillness, quiet. I settle into Savasana. Savasana settles into me. Savasana, Corpse Pose.
I found myself thinking about this cycle of my practice and seeing it a new way - as a journey that honors life, from beginning to end.
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