Simple Awareness: 'We Are All Okay'

Yoga is amazing in many ways–creating moments of peace and clarity both on and off the mat.

Recently, I found myself uttering the words, "We are all okay," in a Saturday morning class. The breath of the class was harmonious in movement as those four words entered my mind and rolled off of my tongue into the stillness of the room.

The morning before, I read an article about back-to-school anxiety for both children and their parents. The article's last sentence read, "We are all okay." Upon reading those words, all the words above it disappeared, and no longer matter.

Those soothing words had me forgetting my back-to-school worries rather quickly and delivered a calm sensation to my body. In class, as I was in the middle of that silent stillness, it was clear, those words and my experience were with me to be shared.

"What does this have to do with yoga?"

Dealing with what is called chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, my body was scattered with pain throughout that Saturday evening's sleep into the very next morning, upsetting my peace and my mind. Thoughts that I would not be able to continue on with future goals wandered through me.

So without hesitation, I sought out a quiet space, sat and brought attention to my breath. Those sweet, soothing words popped in my mind, yet again! "We are all okay." As simple as they are, I believe them! Even in this hard-to-take pain, I am somehow certain that this pain is not going to lead me to a dismal end.

Yoga is amazing in many ways. In my case, yoga helps with these episodes of pain and also keeps them very much at bay when I maintain a daily yoga practice. However, for me, the absolute beauty of yoga lies in the sweet space and keen awareness it creates on my mat. The simple act of practicing yoga opens a pathway to consistent moments of clarity off my mat and leads me right where I need to be.

Cher Rago
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