Yesterday was not only the Summer Solstice but International Yoga Day. It was also T.K.V. Desikachar's birthday. I chose to celebrate all of those wonderful occasions by not sitting in front of a desk and blogging. So I'm extending the celebration by one day and blogging about it today:
- It's not too late to get access to The Shift Network and Uplift's Yoga Day Summit. Register for free, and access to all of the videos is yours.
- Not everyone wants to celebrate International Yoga Day. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as politics and yoga. Read more about it, here.
- This yoga video starts with a lovely Yoga Sutra 1.1 chant that asks us if we're ready to begin yoga. It's a great question to ask every day. This lovely piece is a bit of a meditation on the meaning of this Sutra.
- The International Yoga Day of Yoga OM Challenge -- yes, there is such a thing. Learn more here.
It was studying yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya that I learned this simple teaching from T.K.V. Desikachar: Yoga is relationship. I come back to that definition time and time again. I've often said that relationship is everything and, therefore, so is yoga. And when I struggle in my relationships (or in my life), I remind myself that it's a practice, one that needs daily attention.
To quote Desikachar: "The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing that we are made of body, breath, mind, and more."
Well said. Yoga is not something to be celebrated on one day each year. It's a daily celebration of our relationships to ourselves, to others, to life.