I was not aware that today is international yoga day until social media told me, however I did hit the mat at 6am this morning.
It's no secret that I am an avid runner, but yoga has become a part of my weekly routine that I welcome and look forward to just as much as running.
If you want to get scientifical, during physical activity, inhibitory mechanisms in the prefrontal cortex are lowered and cognitive flexibility is at its peak, allowing inspiration to flow.* Translation: My body loves running and yoga not only because it feels good in my body, but also because it does something for my mind. Depending on where you land on the spiritual/religious spectrum you may call this different things, I call it meeting with God.
If you have been a long time reader then you probably remember that back in January I started the year with the word Selah. I felt that God was asking me to remain, and as usual God was right, as this year has been tough and has challenged me in ways in which all I wanted to do was escape and leave, not remain and stay, but I did, and I'm so glad! It has been a rocky road to say the least, but looking back I can see growth, compassion, faith, and a few mistakes that have made me a better, more graceful human.
So I was surprised while in the middle of a surya namaskar sequence, I could hear loud and clear the words 'let go'. If you've read this far and you still don't think that this is all just hokum, then let me add to that and say that what it felt like was as if God was replacing 'selah' with 'let go', as in 'it is time to go on, Fernanda, it is time to move ahead. Let go.'
I grew up in a country that celebrates the Inti Raymi - sun festival - marking the Inca new year, and I am choosing to celebrate summer solstice today with a new word that will mark the rest of my year. Honoring the effort that the first half of the year has required, thankfully accepting the growth that has come from it, and humbly laying myself at the foot of the cross of the Savior who meets me and guides me, completely understanding that letting go is the hardest asana.
*Brooks Running quote