You'll hear all kinds of terms and expressions when you take a yoga class. Terms like prana, shakti, chakras - the list is extensive to say the least, and when you practice yoga and you start hearing these terms they can be both intriguing and overwhelming.
Prior to taking a yoga class, you may not have heard many of these terms before. Questions like "What does this all mean?" and "What have I gotten myself into?", start to bubble up and swirl around in your mind.
This is definitely what happened to me when I first started to practice yoga. What I have learned over time is that it is something that keeps happening no matter how long you practice.
Yoga is so vast, beautiful, challenging and eye-opening. Yoga is not something you do - but rather a path, a way, a feeling, a connection and a direction.
Which brings me to the topic of lines of energy. These lines of energy are not visible per se in the way that you would see lines on a piece of paper. These are energetic lines that coincide with the patterns that the Universe creates. Some of these lines are straight up and down, some are diagonal, some have constant curvature and are circular - combined they all make up different lines of energy.
There is a place within each pose where if you align, you can feel a contentment and balance that is effortless, or is held with effortless ease. In Sanskrit it is sthira sukha - with steadiness and ease.
We can get there if we align. And, it is through this effort towards effortless ease that we find these lines within our poses. Once we begin to experience this in our poses we realize that this feeling, and way of being, can also exist in our day to day life. Everything that happens on the mat translates and reflects everything that goes on within us and in the external world. Align within and you will begin to understand everything around you - this alignment
is what it really means to go with flow.