By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle
As we enter into the New Year, the Christmas Season comes to its true end point on January 6, which is celebrated as the 12th day of Christmas.This is the day of Epiphany, celebrated with a Feast, known as The Feasts of Light.
The word Epiphany comes from the Greek words to show, or to shine upon, and the color of the holiday is white. The main events focused on are the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the miracle of turning water into wine. The main principle is that individual salvation comes from knowledge and awareness vs. faith.
The practice of yoga is dedicated to creating union with the mind, body, and spirit. Through breathing, movement and meditation, we gain awareness of ourselves as individuals who are connected to every one and every thing in the world. During the month of January, let’s celebrate being aware every day practicing present moment awareness and celebrating all the things you do with family, friends, coworkers, and your community.
May all your dreams and wishes come true, and may the light of peace, happiness, harmony, love, awareness, and knowledge shine from you and to you, now and forever.
Happy New Year!
Claire and Dennis
Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.