I have learnt this week that Yoga is all about balance – when we stretch one side of the body we must stretch the other or our muscles will be out of balance.
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Can we adopt this theory into our modern lives?
It is easy to get overwhelmed, run on empty and burn the candle at both ends.
Can I sometimes be completely out of balance?
Of course I can – but I am working on bringing this balance into my life. My late husband was an expert at finding this balance in his life. So when I’m energetic one day, I must be calm another. Like in yoga, our minds need periods of activity and calm. We need to feel inspired and totally unplugged at different times. Compare it to a rubber band – if you stretch it all the time it’s eventually going to snap. But if you stretch and release, stretch and release, it will last a lifetime.
“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar