Collaboration Blog: Dennis and Kathy Lang
The Ripple Effect of Yoga
Waves radiate from the entry point of a pebble dropped into a pond. The waves then propagate in ever progressing rings from the center with diminishing intensity over time and distance. The waves’ ripple across the surface creating change as they progress with all that they touch. Similarly, this ripple effect is seen in economics, sociology, chemistry and biology. It’s a manifestation of interconnectedness throughout our world and the universe.
How does this relate to yoga? It’s fundamental to yoga! Yoga is about relationships. The relationship of you with yourself, you with the world and you with the universe or your God. It’s about our union and interaction with all.
In our culture, we lead very driven, dynamic lives and are often frustrated by the pressures and seek change. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “We must be the change that we want to see in the world.” As we age and mature, we want to improve ourselves, create a legacy, address social change, perhaps become a catalyst or support a shift in our world. As Gandhi so eloquently said “be the change” so it begins with us first.
This is where the practice of yoga is so instrumental. Most of us here in the west enter yoga on the physical plane practicing asana as a “work out”. But as any serious practitioner knows, there is so much more than just the asana or physical practice. In fact, it’s less than 1/8th of the practice according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The magic of yoga lies below the surface. One does not have to even read or know the Yoga Sutras to experience the magic. As we bring into our practice the elements of intention, awareness and attention, the practice shifts from simple calisthenics and a “work out” into a sophisticated moving meditation, truly a “work-in” which one can experience and express the inner terrain connect to our true essence.
Over time, the magic of yoga creates change within us on all levels of our being, the mental, emotional, energetic and physical aspects of ourselves. The issues of our lives, the larger life questions we all face, and our deepest desires are seen through the light of our inner essence, and become foundational for our internal growth and transformation. The mat becomes a mirror of ourselves, a metaphor of our lives allowing us to observe, reflect, study and evolve to see our lives through the lens of our inner essence and from a different perspective.
The changes we experience through the practice become part of us. It begins with how we relate to ourselves. Then we radiate this change through our interactions and relationships with others which in turn touches them. Opportunities to “be the change” and share it come to us as though windows open allowing our access to shift and positively affect the world around us.
About the Author:
Dennis and Kathy Lang are teachers of yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices with E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 certifications from the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC and are lifelong students and practitioners. They currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida and teach at local studios as well as run retreats in the United States and in Mexico. For more information about Dennis and Kathy please click HERE!