Finding Your Yoga Bliss!
“The child does not know any religion. The child who is born is a gift of God and has no feeling of inner religion. So we should learn from the birth of a child how we have to live, and that’s what yoga teaches.” ~ BKS Iyengar
Every year around this time of seasonal change and harvest moons, my faith relishes in celebrations based around the themes of redemption to reflection. This time of year always becomes highly thought provoking and confusing to me. I question religion, world issues, and quickly feel helpless. So, I immediately consult my inner breath to help me ease into the season of transition. And I wonder, has yoga become my true religion?
In the tradition of praying with community for the greater good of the earth, humanity, and children, we sang and chanted hymns and ohms, just as I would participate in any yoga class. I began to dig deep and recalled so many familiar melodies and sounds, the muscle memory in my face and tongue were uplifting me physically. I was smiling, as I felt my spirit transcend up into the rafters with the choir’s vibrations. Was I praying or practicing?
As my mind began to take a journey on this new-found mediation, I reaffirmed my own happiness. I began to explore why and how I make myself happy. The cellists’ solo was coming to its’ climax now in the service and I found a steadfastness in my stance as we stood up in respect. I felt my confidence in how I was living my life, my truths, and my religion. Happiness is experienced at higher frequencies when we invest our time wholeheartedly and dive in for an experience instead of a consumable. Was I choosing ‘happiness’ as a religion now?
According to Deepak Chopra, “Traditionally, yoga is the science of the Self. If by religion we mean the religious experience of transcendence, the loss of fear of death, and the emergence of platonic qualities such as truth, beauty, goodness, harmony, and evolution, then yes, yoga can give us a religious experience. It is not religion in the form of ideology, dogma, belief systems, or compliance…”
Historically, yoga has been associated with India’s three great religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and yet, yoga proposes no gods or saviours. Yoga can also be viewed as a science because its overall effects are predictable if practiced. Yoga is by definition considered a philosophy wherein the yogi sees the human being as immortal.
So, this year’s day of atonement reminds me to choose happiness. I will consciously make time to invest in myself, recreating experiences of bliss. I will taste religion, yoga, music, parenting, and human nature through the palette of happiness. Life and the human body are designed to be in a blissful relationship together, while experiencing enjoyment. Yoga is a tool and an approach to help achieve and maintain happiness.
Namaste and Shana Tova.