When I see young people moodily pulling leaves off a tree as they walk by, or tearing a flower to bits, what I see is an instinctual – though unconcious – act of herbal self-healing. Just as we clench our fists when angry (this is a hand-mudra, used in yoga to deal with anger) or bang our fists to our heads with frustration over a problem (in yoga, pressure on the forehead activates the frontal lobe, dealing with short-term memory and problem-solving), so tearing up leaves or flowers releases chemical components of the plant and surround the person with its healing energy. These are simply my thoughts and intuitions… how do YOU feel about this?
This morning was the first day of
I’ve been wanting offer this class since the moment I first stepped into the tropical greenhouse of the VU Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam. We were surrounded by lush, green, healthy plants and we breathed in the jasmine-scented, energy-infused atmosphere. We practiced breathing with awareness and from the centre of our Being. It was simply joyful. Thanks to the participants for taking part of the first class of this 10-class series. There is still a chance to sign up for Friday’s afternoon class – it starts on March 1.
And thanks to the VU Hortus Botanicus for making this possible. Can’t wait until next week’s class!