Patriotic Yoga

As I listened to our national anthem, for the fourth and final day at my son’s swim meet, holding my hand over my heart, watching how, we all stopped what we were doing, stopped rushing, stopped talking, and brought our attention to the sound of the music and words, I thought this is what YOGA is – stopping and bringing your awareness to this moment, feeling your hand on your heart, it brings you right here.   I thought “how cool!  we are all doing this together…let’s extend this for about an hour!  Perhaps add some pranayama …some asana …and of course end with savasana to seal it all in!”   Well if that doesn’t happen the next time you have the pleasure to share the national anthem with a crowd – simply try to take advantage, notice and acknowledge it as an opportunity to stop and practice yoga — if only for a moment.

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