Here in Hawaii, aloha is more than just a greeting, it is a way of life. The spirit of aloha is the heart-centered way of love, compassion and connection.
We of course first associate the word aloha as a hello or good-bye. If we look a little deeper, the meaning of aloha is quite special. Aloha is an essence of being: love, peace, compassion, and mutual understanding. Aloha means living in harmony with the people and land around you with sympathy, grace, and kindness. The direct translation from Hawaiian to English is the presence of divine breath. The Hawaiian word alo is presence, front and face, and ha is breath.
In our practice of yoga we remember our breath as a way to bring us back to the moment, to link body, mind and heart. With aloha there is a recognition of the breath, the spirit within us, and the spirit that we all share. When we say aloha, we recognize that we share our very breath, and acknowledge and respect that sacred connection. In much the same way, when we practice yoga, we center in our body and mind through our breath, we come into union with ourselves and the moment….from there it natural to connect to each other from our hearts, from what is best in us.
Yoga cultivates aloha….and aloha inspires our yoga lifestyle. What a beautiful way to live a life that brings light to ourselves and the world.
Aloha is ultimately the recognition of the divine within oneself and the other – Namaste’ anyone? Aloha!