“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kind of cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson. Astrophysicist, Director Hayden Planetarium, NYC.
This quote from Neil resonates the simple truth: we are all made of the same stuff. What is born in stars all exists within each of us. Atoms and particles that make up stardust, earth, and our bones are of the same substance. Yoga, often translated to “union,” helps us notice and celebrate this connection. We connect our body, our breath, and our mind. Practicing yoga helps to release the idea of our individual self and recognize our universal self. On our mats, we train ourselves to acknowledge and release ego-driven thoughts and emotions about our external situation. When you stick with a challenging posture instead of resisting it then you can understand, strengthen, and reconnect to your true self. When you experience a deep focus on breath and the mind-body connection, you acknowledge that life is a lot larger than our individual, Earthly concerns and problems. Accepting the bigger picture doesn’t make you feel small—it helps you feel whole and connected to everything. Our yoga practice helps us to recognize that every person, rock, and tree is connected to each other and the universe. What we see all around us is a reflection of what is inside of us. We are the stars, the forces, the beauty, and the balance of the universe that is to be appreciated and celebrated in every moment.
If you want to experience this connection to the universe and salute the sun, moon, and stars…join our very own instructor and studio lead, Bridget, for a very special family flow at the Adler Planetarium:
Saturday, March 22nd at 8:30am
Saturday, March 29th at 8:30am
Saturday, April 5th at 8:30am
Class will be held in the Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater with beautiful sky imagery to compliment practice. Open for families with children ages 10 and up. Admission is $12 per session AND includes admission to the museum for the day! Buy tickets in advance at www.adlerplantarium.org/yoga