In Lady Yoga fashion, it is my goal to look back in history to see where we have come from, find the yoga in the moments past to keep us rooted in the present and passionate about where we are going in the future.
On May 17, 1884, P. T. Barnum led 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that it was stable.
128 years ago, on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history.
Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Emily Roebling was given the first ride over the completed bridge, with a rooster, a symbol of victory, in her lap. Within 24 hours, an estimated 250,000 people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, using a broad promenade above the roadway that John Roebling designed solely for the enjoyment of pedestrians.
The Brooklyn Bridge was dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world." For several years after its construction, it remained the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere. The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. In 1898, the city of Brooklyn formally merged with New York City, Staten Island and a few farm towns, forming Greater New York.
Let's use the idea of stability and connection with ourselves and those around us as we travel through our practice today or as you are reading this blog.
With so much technology these days making it easier and faster to connect, we often miss the actual meaning of that word which is really to be grounded and present with yourself and/or something else.
The real definition of yoga!
The intention is the grounding part. It keeps us rooted if we lose our way. It's the map for the soul even if we change direction.
The breath is the bridge. It keeps us linked to the present moment while infinitely connected to the past and the future. Without it - you would not have been past and without it, there would be no future!!
So deepen it up to broaden that bridge!
"Inner silence promotes clarity of mind; It make us value the inner world; It trains us to go inside To the source of peace and inspiration When we are faced with problems and challenges." Deepak Chopra
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. Anais Nin
A successful person (man) is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks others have thrown at him. - David Brinkly
People (men) must live and create. Live to the point of tears. Albert Camus
Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you…have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!” -Og Mandino
Character is like the foundation of a house, it is below the surface. – Unknown
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Saint Augustine
To create something you must be something. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it. Rabindranath Tagore
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult. to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. Goethe
People (men) in the game are blind to see what those looking on see clearly. - Chinese Proverb
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but I almost always end up where I need to be. - Douglas Adams
He who controls the present, controls the past. he who controls the past, controls the future. -George Orwell
In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. - Coco Chanel
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. - Albert Camus
Learning is finding out what you already know. - Richard Back
All growth is a leap in the dark. A spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. -Henry Miller
There are no such limits to growth because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder. – Ronald Reagan
The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar
Character is the firm foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. just as no worthy building can be erected on such a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character. - R.C. Samsel
Yoga prepares the body for meditation on which allows us to observe our thoughts so that we are not controlled by them. Harmonize the mind with the body. Keep the focus at the heart as opposed to everything going on in the mind. Dr. Tom Being Erica
We create our faith every day we live. - Henry Miller
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. -Buddha
The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants. Theodore Roosevelt
How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to? Tony Robbins
People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk. Ayn Rand
The best way to predict the future is to create it. Peter Drucker
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw (supermarket manager/created Bi-Lo in So. Carolina, played supermarket manager in Raising Arizona