This blog is the second in a series that invites you to experience the Yellow Barn’s 10-day Yoga of Transformation, guided by Gary (Anandasagar) Majchrzak, a nationally renowned yoga teacher and instructor.
By Polly Meyer
Morning comes early as I rise at 4 AM to journey to the Yellow Barn in Mendota Heights for the second day of Transformational Yoga. The Barn is unlike any gathering space I’ve ever been in. It’s warm, cozy and truly inspiring. Deb, the co-owner greets me at the door with a sweet smile and we make our way upstairs. This morning I roll out my mat on the hardwood floor for no reason other than to breathe and be in my body. I’m still sleepy and I can hear yawning from the other yogis in the room. I’m content to sit on my mat and listen to our instructors voice as he talks about our practice. We begin our session with a series of “Om’s” and then come to a standing position. I’m about to wake up.
Gary selects a tune from the iPod that has a percussive and pulsing beat that soon vibrates through the speakers into my tired ears. He encourages a wholehearted participation in the chaos that’s about to commence. He plants his feet firmly on the ground and begins twisting his torso as he indiscriminately thrashes his head and arms about in wild abandon. Instinctively the earthy music guides us to move our own bodies in a similar chaotic fashion. The throbbing beat shapes our movements in a thousand different ways. We follow the sound impulses that rise below our thoughts. A rich ground is being created for self-inquiry. Our heads, spines, hips, and arms wave and wildly push through the air while our feet stay firmly grounded. Our impulses of movement range from playful to staccato, from huge gestures through space to the smallest vibrational shaking. We move through chaos. It is a powerful lesson in staying grounded when immersed in disorder. We are sparking spontaneous creativity. But most importantly, we are letting go.
We let go of our: Selves, Problems, Bank accounts, Accomplishments, Families, Political affiliations, Education, Degrees, Money, Jobs, Disease, Agendas, Ideas, Cars, Homes, Religion, Bodies.
Do we retain our value when not attached to any of these worldly things?
The answer is a resounding, YES! We are liberated. We are grounded. We are pure energy. The weight of self-consciousness dissolves, releasing into the catalytic wildness of our movements that can never be planned or repeated.
All too soon, the pulsing music fades and our bodies slowly come to a halt. Our hearts continue to beat loudly. We stand motionless and silent. There is only breathing, silence, and awareness.
And I am profoundly awakened to the living pulse of an embodied and present life.