Diving Deeper into the Yoga Practice

In the last 3 months of 2019, the Thrive Vlog (soon to be podcast–be sure to subscribe to the Thrive Youtube Channel!) covered some pretty cool topics like the Chakras and the Elements. When the #last90days challenge was over, Merritt Plumb and I wanted to keep going because, 1) it was a lot of fun, 2) we learned a lot and loved sharing what we learned and 3) we wanted to offer you something that perhaps wasn’t already “out there.”

The Mythology behind your yoga practice

That’s why for 2020 we are going to start diving deep into the mythology behind the yoga poses and yoga practice. I love a good story, don’t you? Every night, we put our kids to sleep with different bible stories and we read some other sort of book. Stories, it’s one of the easiest ways to educate and entertain. 

Thousands of years ago, not everyone was able to read a book. Heck books weren’t even around for the masses until after the Gutenburg press in the mid 1400s. That’s why most ancient cultures shared their histories, their lessons, their beliefs through the power of story.

In high school, I read Mythology by Edith Hamilton. (this is an affiliate link.) It basically told Greek and Roman stories. I still remember some of the most random Greek deities and lessons because of these stories. 

Did you know that there are stories and lessons behind our yoga practice too? That’s what we want to share with you each week. This week, we told an ancient Hindu story about why the soul was placed inside of us rather than in someplace in the world. It’s a beautiful reminder that we don’t need to look outwardly to find ourselves, all we have to do is look inside.

Isn’t that beautiful? You don’t have to run searching for something to make you happy, it is all right here inside of you.

Now, I get this could be treading into some new waters. However, these waters don’t have to be scary or even contrary to what you currently believe. Just like the Story of Achilles and the one part of his body that wasn’t invincible which just happened to be the spot that got hit and killed him, these stories can teach us something-maybe stretch our thinking a bit, or at the very least, give you something to think about the next time you’re in, say a Warrior pose. 

I’m excited to share these stories with you…and I can’t wait to hear what you think!!