Exhaling the Love With Rodney Yee

Posted on July 18, 2005

Rodney Yee is -- hands down -- the coolest yoga instructor out there. His unbelievably calming voice, combined with his killer yoga moves make him numero uno in our book. So we were psyched to hear that he has his own yoga blog for Yahoo. Rodney's latest column shares his tips for when you're forced to attend a family reunion.

Family reunions are safe in short durations, but there seems to always be moments when ancient monsters can be awakened with new vigor. Just when you think you have courageously conquered the old patterns of interacting in juvenile ways, you find yourself acting like a hurt 3-year-old in the sandbox. How can my parents have such a dramatic affect on me?

There is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice that I was reading about in one of Pema Chodron's books called tonglin. She encourages us to breathe in pain and exhale love. She says to start with small irritations and then work ourselves to bigger difficulties. I guess I always try to take on too much, because I feel my monsters begin to coil up, getting ready to strike again. Small steps, I have to remember that these mountains are climbed by taking one step at a time and by sometimes resting and getting an overview of the entire landscape.

For a couple of breaths today, try sitting or lying down and breathing in pain and exhaling love. Be a human alchemist and help transform the world one breath at a time.

Rodney Yee

Wise words from the Zen Master. It certainly beats starting a family-wide food fight with Grandma's Famous Potato Salad, which was our first instinct.

You can find Rodney Yee's website at yeeyoga.com.

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