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What Would You Do W


ith so much fear being brought to us everyday by the media, this is a great


question to contemplate. It is a thought- provoking question that could seriously change someone’s life. The theme for me over the past year has been “Love is Stronger Than Fear,” and this lesson continues to unfold in my life and the lives of many others in all kinds of ways. I recognize that I am being given another opportunity to learn this truth when I feel the knot in my stomach or when tears well up in any situation that feels frightening or unsteady. I now know that the unsteady feelings are indicating that my own inner guidance system is working to lead me to listen to and follow my heart as I make decisions or adjust my attitude in any moment.


One of the best possible antidotes for all of this fear we are exposed to is learning to meditate. You could call it “Quiet Time” and simply set aside a special moment twice a day. Going into that still space for even a moment brings a deeper sense of who we are – rather than talking out of the top of our heads, habitually repeating unconscious patterns of speech and behavior.


If You Were Not Afraid? ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Desiree Rumbaugh


When we learn, through our yoga practice, to take personal responsibility for how our bodies feel in any pose, we are learning how to transform any life situation and turn it to our advantage.


HOW YOGA CAN HELP


If you have not yet tried yoga or if you are just beginning to practice, you may wonder how those twisted pretzel shapes that people do can help anyone find inner peace or develop the kind of strength that helps overcome fear. From the outside, it sometimes appears that yoga is just another form of exercise that has become increasingly popular and fashionable over the past twenty years.


The philosophy of yoga teaches us to look for the good in ourselves and others. The more positive we are, the better our lives go for us and all of those we come in contact with. Everyone wants to be seen and heard and it is possible for each and every person in the world to be the highest expression of themselves. In other words, everyone matters and needs to know they matter. When we learn, through our yoga practice, to take personal responsibility for how our body feels in any pose, we are learning how to transform any life situation and turn it to our advantage. We are becoming more able to see how things are happening for us, rather than to us. Our empowerment and ability to shine our light encourages and inspires others to do the same.


Every single thing that ever happened— good or bad—is part of who we are now and who we will become. It is through our own struggles that we develop empathy. This is our yogic philosophy. There is something


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greater than all of us, and by remembering that we will know that all will be well. The Bigger Picture is the one we have to keep in mind during the everyday ups and downs of our individual lives.


Anusara yoga is a method of Hatha yoga developed by John Friend. Since 1997, Anusara® yoga has been spreading throughout the world, teaching ordinary people how to live in an extraordinary way. The combination of the Universal Principles of Alignment, which use scientific bio- mechanics as a base for technical instruction, with the above-mentioned Tantric philosophy that encourages us to live into the fullest expression of our own uniqueness, makes for a powerful combination of life-transforming experiences. The third tenet of Anusara® yoga is an emphasis on building community, on reaching out to others in our class and then in our family and in our lives with lovingkindness and honest commun- ication. When these three concepts are felt and understood, in body and mind, meditation, or union with the inner wisdom becomes possible and even effortless.


Desiree Rumbaugh is one of the first yoga teachers in the U.S. to be certified in the Anusara® yoga method. Learn more at


www.DESIREERUMBAUGH.com.


Origin Magazine would like to thank Surya Center for Yoga in Dallas for connecting us with Desiree. www.SuryaCenterYoga.com


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