It has been said we know more about the moon than we know about our oceans, with a vast 95 percent left still unexplored. Today as we ventured out over the Pacific seas to watch the languid movements of humpback whales, I was reminded of the vast expanses of our own individual consciousness and how much remains unexplored within us.
Now on the fourth day of our retreat, we are dropping ever more into the depths of our breath through both movement and stillness. The foundation of yoga---a platform built on awareness---reveals what lies beneath all the limiting concepts of who we believe ourselves to be; this power is at the center of yoga’s longevity. In the modern world where complexity is often mistaken as superior, how could something as simple as intentional breathing be so transformational? Where the multi-tasking domain of modernity fractures and divides, yoga unifies. Each time we draw the mind back to the pure sensation of movement or to the ceaseless flow of breath, we experience both simplicity and profundity. The Hawaiian greeting of aloha, used both for hello and goodbye, translates literally as “sharing of the sacred breath.” We breathe and we remember who we are. We dive into the unfathomable depths of who we can become.