“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common
defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America.” ~preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
Today is Independence Day in the USA where I live. It’s quite the holiday, with fireworks and grand outdoor parties, National Public Radio reads the Constitution on Morning Edition on this day every year.
As a yogini, it was impossible for me not to hear the above words as a declaration of not only political intention, but also the individual clarity from which this could grow. “Yoga”, which translates as “union” is a way of cultivating integrity of the mind, body and heart, to grow in our coincidence with ourselves by bringing awareness to the ways in which we still cling to beliefs, habits, behaviors and ideas that don’t support and serve our true nature. Justice and balance, tranquility, safety, welfare and liberty grow directly from this alignment of clarity and support it in others in turn.
So consider doing yoga for liberty today. Wherever you are, and with collective or personal union in mind, when we cultivate integrity between intentions, actions and ideas we create a firm foundation for action and clearer expression. For the 4th of July class I taught based on this idea go to yogaeveryday.org – Balance and Binding poses in a Mixed Level class.