TEN WEEK YOGA CHALLENGE Article # 9

Bliss as described by Wikipedia is an emotional state that is characterized by perfect happiness (feelings of enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction).

Seconds after my class ended Laurin looked at me with great emotion in her beautiful eyes and exclaimed, “Wow!” I smiled a little shyly and asked, “Do you feel good, Laurin?” Again her only answer was “Wow”.

I grin even now as I write this…leaving someone so pleased that they are speechless brings me joy and a little bit of humour. It’s one thing to tell someone what they will one day experience in Yoga and a whole other thing when it actually hits them – pure unadulterated bliss.

When Laurin finally got her words back I asked her what “bliss” means to her. She thought for a beat or two and then said, “A place of complete calm, floating almost, like my body is not even there, just happy.”

As soon as she said that to me the song “Hakuna Matata” popped into my mind.

Here is a portion of the chorus;

Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase

Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days

It’s our problem-free philosophy

My favorite line from this is “It’s our problem-free philosophy” because that is exactly how I see Yoga and the effects it has on our lives. And this is not to infer that we don’t all have issues to deal with in our lives but that it certainly gives us the tools to worry less, to see things as a challenge or a learning opportunity and to have more gratitude. All of which helps lead to a state of bliss!

If you’ve been reading about this Ten Week Challenge all along then you are already aware of many of the benefits Yoga can provide but ultimately all of us here at Believe Yoga Studio want you to experience BLISS…here and in all your future moments.

Jaromey is a Writer, E.R. Volunteer and a Yoga Teacher