By Satguru Swami Nirmalananda
Your experiences in the last year have changed you. Whether you’d planned it or not, you were thrust into a hermetic lifestyle, like a hermit. A quieter lifestyle is supposed to give you a more peaceful mind, right? That’s why people move into a cabin in the woods or a mountain hideaway. You did it where you live. But what did you do?
While nothing much was happening on the outside, you were changing on the inside. It reminds me of when my kids grew so much in the summers, but day by day it wasn’t noticeable. Not until they tried on their school clothes from two months earlier. Wow, what a difference!
Has the same happened for you? You may not even know until you get back to the things you used to do. We call it a “Marker Pose.” In a Svaroopa® yoga class, you do a pose for self-assessment at the beginning of class. After the series of spinal release poses that track from your tailbone up through your neck and head, you repeat the same pose. This Marker Pose makes you able to say, “Wow, what a difference!” That’s the power of spinal release, aka spinal decompression.
It’s an inner change, technically an inner opening. You have more breathing space, more space for your organs, and it even feels like you have more space to live in. It’s about getting present, actually living in your body. That makes it easy to find out who you are — who is it that is living in your body? That’s the whole point: you discover a deeper dimension of your own Self.
Has the pandemic helped you with this? Do you feel more like you? If not, now is the time to do more yoga.