As I prepare for the upcoming yoga retreat to Bali I have been reading Fragrant Rice by Janet De Neefe. As Janet writes about her adjusting to life in Bali and understanding the culture she expresses how one of the most difficult skills to master was that of silence.
“…the Balinese art of sitting with family and friends, hardly speaking a word, for what seemed like an eternity. Silence is just another way of communicating feelings, a space for words and thoughts to gather.”
Our throat chakra is the center of communication, our ability to speak clearly to ourselves and others. At times silence is needed in order to really hear the truth. In my studio classes this week I have been taking time to turn off the music, stop speaking, and have each person lead themselves through Surya Namaskara B with the sound of their own breathe moving and guiding them. This is a powerful and quiet practice that allows you to really listen to your body rather than be distracted by things outside of us.
Sit with family or friends in silence for 20 minutes, no need for music, tv, or other noises for distraction. See how it feels to be with others in silence.