Verb (used with object). To present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; grant or bestow: to place in someone's care.
I flow through a series of postures in search of both balance and release: Cat-Cow and Cobra, Warrior I and II, Tree and Triangle, Happy Baby and Downward-facing Dog. Lights dimmed, faint scent of frankincense, slight cushion of the turquoise mat beneath me, eyes half-open, or maybe half-closed.
It’s been said that the mind can often get in the way during this practice, and I silently scold myself for letting you take up my real estate once again. With every pose, I breathe you in and out, feel your strong, warm hands on my soft, dewy skin, as though you are right beside me, guiding me into situations and feelings I did not know were possible.
When we reach Shavasana, I play dead to feel alive. What appears to look like a nap is instead the most fully conscious state, meant to be a moment of complete surrender, and I give way to you.
The yogi tiptoes among our corpses, whispering the words of poet Iain S. Thomas.
“...Every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling ‘This is important. And this is important. And this is important. You need to worry about this. And this. And this.’ And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart, and say ‘No. This is…”
Some believe the heart to be located on the left side of the chest. In truth, it lies behind the breastbone, between the lungs, and only slightly to the left. A healthy, functioning heart is equipped with two atria and two ventricles, and you occupy all four chambers. Such a small organ, but yielding the mightiest power. Most are the size of the fist, which means you could hold one in the palm of a hand.
I have placed mine in yours.
There is only one step that remains. The gesture that supports the belief that a Divine spark lies within each of us, located in the heart chakra. The closure that serves as an acknowledgment of the soul in one, by the soul another.
The Namaste that belongs to you.