fluid2
Noun
A substance that has no fixed shape and yields easily to external pressure; a gas or (esp.) a liquid.

Adjective
(of a substance) Able to flow easily: “the paint is more fluid than tube watercolors”; “a fluid medium”.
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When my son was younger he loved to stand on a bridge near my home and throw twigs and leaves into the flowing water below. He watched with rapt attention as the twig passed under the bridge and came out on the other side. The current sucking it under in a swirling eddy while he scanned the surface eagerly, squealing in delight as it bobbed back into view. He watched it skirt around rocks and make its way down the creek out of sight. He spent many minutes on this activity, finding twigs and leaves of varying weight and size, then dropping them carefully into different parts of the creek. Some got stuck and didn’t make it while others meandered on, turning with the current of the water.

Thinking about the word fluid brought this memory to the surface, not only because of the water flowing in the creek, but also my son’s state of mind, or flow during this activity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist, has spent many years researching flow and describes it as a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work.

Yoga can help us find a state of flow, by training us to focus on the moment and concentrate. Connecting our breath and movement helps us stay present and immersed in our practice. This week we celebrate flow with a flow yoga class, dancing with our breath, while moving through variations of sun salutations set to music. Maybe we forget ourselves – become one with the music, our breath and our movement – just like the twig flowing in the creek.

See you on the mat!

Namaste,

Kim Metz
RYT 200

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. -Rainer Maria Rilke