“Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” - Lao Tzu
It may sound like a contradiction to discuss flowing and stillness as co-existing, but they actually go hand in hand. Learning to still or quiet your mind and focus on your breath flowing through your body enables you to find your zone, where you stop doing and you’re simply being. When you’re able to filter out distractions, you’re able to access a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process. Perhaps you feel in the zone when you are totally immersed in a favorite activity, like running, surfing, dancing, or gardening.
Many paths exist to find your flow. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation are some of the most powerful ways to find freedom from constant patterns of “doing” and learn to simply “be.” Yoga is a journey of peeling away the layers to access your inner light and authentic self. When you can sink into sustained attention, you are fully present and at the height of your personal power.
Vinyasa yoga is often referred to simply as flow yoga and is derived from Ashtanga Yoga. Vinyasa means to place in a special or sacred way, with attention and intention. The focus is on linking breath to movement to create a moving meditation. A state where you can quiet your thoughts and settle into your body, mind, and heart. Other styles of yoga also allow you to find your flow––the key is to find what resonates with you and allows you to sink into the rhythm of your breath.
The way we breathe impacts the way we feel. Pranayama, or breath control, is one of the most powerful modalities to create harmony within you and is an important precursor to deep meditation. A consistent yoga practice which includes pranayama and meditation can help you access your flow state whenever you want. When you’re in the flow, you’re truly living your life fully.
So if you’re ready to “be still like a mountain and flow like a great river,” try one of this week’s specially curated practices!
Inner Strength Flow 3: An Open Heart - Jackie Casal Mahrou
Seamless Flow - Lila Whiting
No Fuss Flow - Jessica Oldfield
Wild Thing Flow - Jill Pedroza
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