Moksha: Clear your heart, clear your mind, and let it go.

The idea of Moksha, in its traditional interpretation, means liberation or release from samskara – the cycle of birth, life and death.  The ultimate liberation.   But Moksha is also often invoked in Eastern traditions to symbolize self-realization or enlightenment and is considered to be one of the four goals of all human life in Hinduism.

Moksha is often considered to be synonymous with the more prevalent term Nirvana.  But what does Moksha mean for us? What does this liberation mean in our everyday lives, on and off the mat?

To me, it’s simple. It is liberation from your ego; it is liberation from certain ideas of how things should be. I t is liberation from patterns or behaviors that prevent us for being who we truly are.  It is allowing yourself to be in the here and now.

Have you ever felt during a yoga practice how time seems to just vanish?  How the present moment is experienced so truthfully, so mindfully, that you are only able to identify that feeling of “being in the moment” once its over?  That is liberation.  That is letting go.  Release from our thoughts and from the walls of ego that we build around ourselves as we go about our lives – the forgetting of the past and the releasing of the future, the present moment.  And the more we are able to do that, the more liberated we feel.

So we invite you in the month of July, a month often associated with freedom, to practice freedom from the walls we construct inside ourselves.  To break down those barriers.  To experience the present and, in this place of self-realization, to fully rest in your most authentic self.   To practice Moksha, both on the mat at Sacred Thread and off, everywhere you go.

~Maria Cadena,

Teacher @ {sacred} thread yoga & co-director of 200Hr Teacher Training Program

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