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The month of May,  seems to be full of transitions.
People graduate from school, the school year ends, you start a new job and the list goes on. There are all kinds of transitions, from seasons,  relationships, moving to a new city, home, school.  I can’t forget the big ones, birth, weddings and death. 

New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ― Lao Tzu

On this Memorial Day we will give pause to those that have transitioned from life to death in the broad sense,  we honor those who have died serving.
When I come to my yoga mat or teach a class we are practicing how to transition from one pose or asana to another, sometimes called flow or vinyasa.
We come to the top our mat and start with our hands at heart center then we reach up to the ceiling in a little back bend – transition, then coming to a forward fold – transition and then we find ourselves in down dog.  All of these little transitions we have made gracefully and with intention.
Looking at the definition of the word transition changing from one state or condition to another.
tran·si·tion
tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/
noun
plural noun: transitions
  1. 1.
    the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
    “students in transition from one program to another”
verb
NORTH AMERICAN
3rd person present: transitions
  1. 1.
    undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.
    “the network ought to be built by the federal government and then transitioned into private industry”

Change is hard for a lot of us, but if we look at it from the perspective of  when we are on our yoga mats it might not seem so challenging – I know easier said than done, because somedays the flow from one pose to another is smooth, balanced and gracefully with breath guiding the way and other days movements are stiff, heavy and not balance or gracefully and breathing is choppy . We keep coming back to our practice, because we know that everyday is different.

The flow of life can be easy or difficult but looking toward it as practice that we work on daily, just like keeping our body, mind and spirit flowing so we don’t become stiff and rigid and be without flow.

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