As children, we remember that first painful encounter with separation when our mother initially leaves us. The wailing tantrum ensues and no one else can suffice to soothe our aching hearts. We feel the primal urge for connection. This primordial longing to be held, cuddled, and embraced is universal to all. We search and search to be nourished, mothered, and appreciated on some level. This innate yearning is at the heart of Goddess Parvati’s story. Parvati’s pure determination to reunite with Shiva is not only our longing to merge with a partner, but our desire to reunite with Spirit.
The irony yoga teaches us is that this ultimate nourishment is already within each of us. It is what we are made of – love. At its depth, yoga teaches us to reunite with our essential nature; a vibration we call consciousness or the “mother energy” that holds everything together. This energy vibrates and pulsates. As a result, it begins to heal feelings of doubt, inadequacy, fear, and unworthiness. As we learn to grow this vibratory essence through meditation we simultaneously grow our capacities and talents. Simply put, vibration heals. This mother energy or life force the yogis called “Prana shakti,” is simply felt just below the surface of awareness as your heart beats, blood flows, and breath expands and contracts. “Prana shakti” is the life force, the power that fueled life from the big bang to your heartbeat and every cell. Prana Shakti is the sap in a tree, the sparkle in the stars, the cycles of the moon, and the rhythms in our ocean tides. Everything is alive, pulsing, and throbbing with intelligence.
Tantric tradition tells us we play “hide and go seek” with this aliveness. It’s as if humans are more like rocks when it comes to vibration. We are thick and heavy, and we just don’t remember that we radiate like the stars. We have trauma and conditioning and even lifetimes of negative patterning that inhibits our gifts from shining forth. That is until our yoga practice gives us the experience of our lightness. Eventually, we begin to see the power that fuels everything in you. This comes mostly through a committed meditation practice in which we tangibly tap into more and more vibration.This essence of consciousness that is our strength and courage, nurtures and challenges us to evolve. This courageous life force we call Parvati, is the part of you that has desire and devotion to partnering in life, as well as to the mysteries of life. Parvati is the unwavering commitment to love – A desire to experience both matter and spirit united.
This energy of awakened consciousness (masculine and feminine united) is in every human being as talents, gifts, and capacities. Much of the time we only get a glimpse, our capacities never fully engaging our true potential, but yoga gives us the tools to uncover our doubt, fear, insecurity, and feelings of inadequacy. Instead of allowing these negatives forces to lead life, yoga shows us just how it’s possible to use our pain to make more of ourselves. Quite literally we can burn off much of our fear through meditative absorption. When we step into a serious practice of meditation we begin to experience an immersion into a vibratory field, a pulsing bubble bath. It is here when we heal and grow our capacities for autonomy. By claiming autonomy, we step into our very own capacities and talents. We find Parvati when we dance, do yoga, and meditate. We find her in nature and very much in the mountains when we run, hike, and frolic amongst the trees, rivers, and animals. Parvati loves the challenge, the adventure, and all things that offer strength.
Yoga Asana such as standing, balancing postures that build strength, focus, and agility.
Vrksasana, tree pose
Utthita hasta Padangusthasana, extended hand-to-big-toe pose
Ardha chandrasana, half moon
Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana, revolved half-moon.
Stand in the middle of a creek on one leg in tree pose. Think of a loved one and your total devotion to loving them. Embody the Goddess Parvati with pure determination to stand for love.
Walk, hike, run, or climb.
Commit to a consistent yoga and/or dance practice.
Devote yourself to daily meditation practice.
Go about your daily life with strength, endurance, and commitment to your relationships.
Integrating the mundane with the sacred. Light a candle before sitting down to do your finances or before creating a meal.