To YOKE is to become joined, linked or united. The word Yoga is from the Sanskrit root word "Yug" - literally meaning to yoke or unite. Although often thought of as the balance between body, mind and spirit, Yoga is actually the union of individual consciousness with Divine Consciousness. The merging of our individual experience of reality with the essence of Universal truth when we quiet our five senses. It takes consistent work and devotion, but it is worth every moment we dedicate to the practice. You know deep in your soul when you experience the union of your reality with the Divine. At that instant, you sense the Divine outside of you, but more importantly, you know that Divine Consciousness lies within you. To yoke the two together, take time to experience the power of nature, the magic of the Universe and the energy of awareness. Pay attention. Let the union of internal and external consciousness envelope you and lift you up.
Cobble Beach, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport, Oregon
"To live fully and in wonder,
I yoke Divine Consciousness
with my individual reality."
Yoga Pose: Tree Pose Vrikasana
Create an energetic "Y" shape as you express the perfection of consciousness that lies in a steady yoga practice.
Foundation. Start in Tadasana - Mountain Pose. Set your intention.
Stance. Shift your weight into your right leg, maintaining a strong foundation through the right foot. Keep your right leg straight without locking your knee.
Legs. Lift your left foot up and place the sole of the foot against the inner side of the right leg. Use your hands if necessary to place it where you want it. Keep the left knee pointed out to the left side.
Torso. Lengthen the spine. Relax the shoulders.
Arms. Allow your arms to float up and stretch your fingertips the reach the sky in an wide open all encompassing V position.
Gaze. Soften your jaw and haze slightly upward. Keep your head in a neutral position. Smile.
Timing. Stay balanced for several breaths. Exhale to come out of the pose and return to Tadasana.
B R E A T H E
[Repeat on the other side]
Baldwin Trail, Sedona, Arizona