It is important, I think, to integrate robust practices into our spirituality. Yoga can be wonderful for relaxation, finding spaciousness and cultivating deep inner silence – and it can also kick up the effervescent Will of Nature in our very cells! But, a vigorous practice doesn’t mean a work out. If yoga becomes a work out, we often get caught in trying to attain goals, measuring our “success” and competing with ourselves. A vigorous practice with the intention of experiencing our inner Will to Life means accepting however that Will expresses itself. I means turning up the the volume of sensation in the body and listening for the Summer in our very bones. It means tuning into the heaving breath in difficult poses and celebrating our very ability to breathe at all. It means finding energy and extension in every cell, across every line of our anatomy and feeling ourselves as truly alive.
I tell my students that I hope for them relaxation, suppleness and and presence. But, I also hope for them to be robust 90 year olds someday because yoga has called up in them the vivacious excitement to journey with their arms wide open into the next unknown moment. So, in the last days of patios, camping, bar-b-ques and sprinklers take note of the Summer’s feeling inside of you. You know this Will because it is in you too, may you call it forth, consciously, in all the days of your life.