Living through yoga

Santa Clara woke up the day before with the effluvia of International Yoga Day, which since 2015 and on the initiative of the United Nations, is celebrated every June 21.

La Loma del Capiro served as the stage for the group that keeps the ancient practice alive in the city, a symbol of harmony between mind and body.

Bibiana Franco, 53, for whom youth is a matter of attitude and not age, says of yoga that elevates her, makes her feel free. "I have consolidated my concept of friendship and what it means to vibrate in tune with the universe and with others," she says.

This 2020, marked by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the International Yoga Day is celebrated through digital platforms and is dedicated to the exercise of this discipline from home: "Yoga for health, now at home" has been the chosen theme and around the world there are thousands who honor him.

Maité González, a psychologist, tells ACN that yoga is her time to connect with her body and spirit: the most complete exercise, which works flexibility, strength and relaxation, useful for any age, condition and health.

In Santa Clara, it is little more than two years that a group of practitioners has started and has started others on the paths proposed by the discipline; Terrazas del Viento is called and the bond formed, still in quarantine, was kept together, through digital networks.

For Amanda Lorenzo, a fourth-year psychology student, it has been the way to satisfy needs related to health and activity, as well as a space to explore her capacities and limits, both physical and mental; It has helped her, she says, to feel more confident that with patience and dedication everything is achieved; to live, enjoy and appreciate here and now with more presence.

Today, when the stress levels rise from the health emergency and the necessary physical isolation, yoga can be that kind of refuge from which one will not hide but to transform habits, attitudes and adapt to better face the present.

Terrazas del Viento, for its members has also been that kind of handhold; Yaily Orozco, troubadour from Santa Clara, feels how her energies have increased with each practice; the Terrace ... better spirits blew me - she adds - other ways of thinking, analyzing life, patience, calm and joy in moments of anxiety and concern.

For Liliam Jares, doctor, it means renewal; Leslie Machado, Bachelor of Physical Culture sees it as the instrument that has helped her breathe, in the broadest sense of the word; For Katia Hernández, a hospitality philologist, yoga by itself is a multiple value for our lives, beyond its physical and mental benefits, it has been spiritual growth, surprising learning and a sense of community.

Founded in 2018 by Lucía Pozzo, an Argentine student of Community Studies, Terrazas del Viento leaves a mark on each of its members: Yaíma Orozco, singer-songwriter from the city; Diana Mederos, of the latest incorporated; Nailen Vilches, speech therapist; Irvin Pérez, mathematician or Anabel Delgado, still present from abroad, who somehow also honored the practice at the top of the Capiro de Santa Clara.

Coming from Sanskrit ioga, the practice refers to a traditional physical and mental discipline that originated in India and constitutes the science that cultivates and matures the spirit, today extended to the West with thousands of practitioners around the world, who every day, not only this June 21, they live through yoga.