December’s edition of Yoga Journal magazine featured a beautiful reflection on Natarajasana which in turn inspired my own personal reflection. Dancer’s pose gets it name from Nataraja, the Lord (or King) of Dance – a depiction of the god Shiva as “the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to start the process of creation”. In depictions of Nataraja, he appears to be dancing in a ring of fire symbolizing the eternal cycle of birth, life, and death. Dancer’s pose is “a reminder that you, too, can live from your center and dance, celebrating life’s ups and downs”.
2013 started with the burial of my family’s great matriarch, my lovely grandma who was called home to God on Christmas (2012). I still feel the hole her passing has left in the fabric that bound our family together. 2013 has also contained many mini-“deaths” for me: numerous disappointments in my career, health and personal goals. However, I acknowledge this is all a cycle… I’m looking forward to 2014 being a year of “births” and new beings. Meanwhile I must continue to dance amongst the fire. I must continue to find and nourish that which centers me through the chaos.