Locked in by your body?

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When we soften the breath, the body becomes softer.
When the body becomes softer it offers less resistance to whatever we’re feeling
and whatever we’re feeling has a chance to arise and express itself
without being locked in by the hardness of the body.

So we breathe soft.
And the harder our reality gets the softer we breathe.
And we follow this soft breath, that primal realm deeper than language and form and thought.

-Michael Stone


About Michael Stone (Centre of Gravity)

Centre of Gravity is a thriving community of Yoga and Buddhist practitioners integrating committed formal practice and modern urban life. We offer weekly sits, text studies, yoga practice and dharma talks. Retreats, guest speakers, online courses and audio talks deepen the feel. Each week Michael Stone dishes a talk, often on primary texts by Dogen, Patanjali, and the Buddha, that are collaged with today's headlines and psychological insights to produce an engaged shape shifting dharma, at once historical, personal and political. Notes on these talks by Mike Hoolboom form the heart of this blog. Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. He travels internationally teaching about the intersection of Yoga, Buddhism and mental health. He has written four books with Shambhala Publications on ethics, yoga's subtle body, inner/outer pilgrimmages, and the sometimes uneasy blend of social engagement and Buddhism. Please check out the website at www.centreofgravity.org .


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