to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to.
late 14c. (O.E. had inlihtan ), “to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one’s eyes or heart,” from en- + lighten. Related: Enlightened ; enlightening .
Yesterday I went to an ashtanga yoga class, which i probably shouldn’t have, but am glad I did. I went to a different studio than usual and paid $23.38 for a drop in class of an hour and a half. Why was this worthwhile you see? Because, yoga is one of my passions, and although ed has turned that into obsessive torture at times, when I am on the mat, I am at peace, I am centered, and aware. Yes, I still have random thoughts pop into my head; what am I having for lunch?should I buy those shoes at aldo?etc, etc. But somehow, within the poses of yoga, I can experience, even just for a moment, bliss.
While using new muscles that I never knew existed, this particular teacher took a note of pointing out how harmful yoga can be to those underweight. Furthermore stating that we, as human beings, are meant to have fat on our bodies for cushion and support, and will only develop our practice and truly experience yoga when we have the muscles to support each posture.
At this point,my mind was thinking I was a failure at yoga, that, what I thought was my passion was just a mindless hobby I tried to be good at. sigh…
No, I know that is not true; I still love yoga, and even though I am at a low weight, I am working towards health each day, and I will get there. & Not only will I be able to fully participate and benefit from my practice of yoga, I will be able to experience life and all the wonders it has to offer. I am glad I went to this yoga class because it enlightened me to a new insight on life. There is so much out there to discover; for me,you,everyone.
The first step, for me, is taking care of my health.