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Six Senses Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam got to spend some time with world-renowned yogis, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, for a conversation about the importance of one's practice during difficult times.
Our meditation practice, they said, is especially valuable right now because it brings us into the present moment and helps us accept reality as it is. As the source of most suffering is holding onto the past or being anxious about the future, by bringing our attention right here and now and accepting the highs and lows we feel, we can cultivate great peace of mind.
As a couple in quarantine in New York City, we also learned that it's possible to bring this meditative spirit to our relationships. Intimacy is like meditation, Rodney said, because it's a practice of sitting with – and accepting – whatever arises whether it's “good” or “bad”. By accepting it all, it's possible to keep the heart open regardless of the ups and downs we may feel about our partner or family members.
Rodney shared that the Chinese character for crisis includes the character for opportunity. During this present moment of crisis, what are the opportunities? For Rodney, as an extrovert, he is able to explore a more introverted side of himself that normally doesn't get to come out. For Colleen, as a lifelong “fixer”, being in a situation that she cannot fix or change, helps her practice surrender and focus on what she can control.
The opportunity can't be separated from the crisis, though. As our meditation practice teaches us, let's receive the world as it is in this moment, feel what we feel, sit with it and not push it away or pull it towards us. In this presence and acceptance is the fertile ground for new doors to open. Ultimately this is not just a practice for a crisis but for always, no matter what is happening, to feel free moment by moment, day by day.
They also shared 3 short and effective practices that can help us shift into a state of calm and well-being:
This meditation will help ground you when you feel like you've had the rug pulled out from under you.
Sitting on a chair, bringing your attention to your hands and feet, this simple practice will help you tune in and bring your attention and awareness back into your body and into the present moment.
During a crisis, it's so valuable if we can be a lighthouse of quiet in the chaos. This practice brings joy and laughter and helps you be strong on the inside so you can be strong for others.
Sitting on a chair or on the floor, this meditation brings our attention to our hearts, then down our arms and into our hands where we practice both giving and receiving love.
To all our friends of Six Senses, here is the link to Rodney and Colleen’s schedule of Zoom classes. We hope you will spend more time practicing yoga with them!
Here is the link to sign up: www.yogashanti.com
Rodney Yee has been curious about the mind and body for as long as he can remember. Now that he is going through midlife, he is much more curious about the spirit. Rodney has created dozens of DVDs and is coauthor, with Nina Zolotow, of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body and Moving Toward Balance.
Colleen Saidman Yee leads retreats, workshops, and teacher training around the world. Christened “the First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times, she began her career as an international fashion model in 1979 and lived in Calcutta working in Mother Teresa’s homes. Colleen started her practice in 198ti and became a Jivamukti teacher in 1998.
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