Friday, June 19, 2015
Sunday, June 21 has been declared an International Day of Yoga. On Sunday yogis- disciplined instructors, first-timers, Hindus, Christians, atheists, athletes, Netflix marathoners- will set aside arguments and commune in asanas.
Yoga is breath. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Every day, every moment we humans already breathe together. Sunday is the day we acknowledge this shared breath. We will unify our bodies with intentional air, and if only for a moment, unify our spirits. Yoga practitioners the world over will exhale our differences and inhale our common existence, our unifying creaturehood.
On Sunday, I promise to devote a few moments to consider my unavoidable unity to six billion other humans and trillions of other creatures. I will find some time to contemplate the meaning of this bond and the responsibility it creates.
Inhale. Two. Three Four. Exhale. Three. Two. One.