Yoga for Promoting Patience

Published on June 18, 2013 on Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen.

“The truth is you turned away yourself, and decided to go into the dark alone.  Now you are tangled up in others, and have forgotten what you once knew, and that’s why everything you do has some weird failure in it.”  -Kabir

The first time I read these words by Kabir, the mystic poet of India, I knew deep inside myself that the turbulent time I was experiencing in my life was not real.

In my almost 15 years of teaching yoga, I have watched seasonal patterns emerge in my students’ bodies: fall’s sad farewell to summer exhibited by collapsed chests and downcast eyes; winter’s dullness that creeps into the bones and muscles, creating joint pains of often unknown origin; and, every spring, the “tricky low back” that resurfaces after hours spent bent over flower pots and vegetable beds … continue reading.