If you know me well you have probably heard me say “yoga could help with that” more than once. You might even be one of the people that has rolled your eyes at me when I’ve said it because I talk about yoga like its magic. I could hear any random issue that someone is looking to change in their life and one of the first 3 things I think of as a solution is yoga; be it physical, emotional, mental – yoga. Why? Because yoga is a walking metaphor for life. It can be utilized in so many different ways, and it yields profound results when practiced consistently.
I realize the reasons I get eye rolls is because a lot of people have not experienced yoga in this way before. Even if you’ve been in one of my classes you may not have had a profound emotional or mental breakthrough. However, if you come to your mat with those things in mind it is incredible the kinds of breakthroughs and clarity that come come though. Yoga can be a huge catalyze for change. It creates space. Clearing out old, stuck places, aches, pains, ways of thinking, and holding patterns, provides room to let in the new.
There’s a Zen saying – you can’t fill a glass that is already full. We often want new things in our life but we are so attached to what we already have or too fearful to let what we have go that we aren’t open or available to new opportunities. This is something you can bring to your yoga mat.
“Before you can create a change, you need a true determination of where you are, what feelings it creates, and what choices you’re making as a consquence.” – Tony Robbins
Something I have been focusing on in my classes over the last year is to become aware of what is unarguably true in your body. Sensations, not the stories that you attach to them. When you can break something down to the truth of the matter, the sensation that arises, you can then look at the feelings that come with them with more discernment, and then you can make a choice of how to move forward from that space. You can dismantle the armor around yourself. It weakens you much like shoes weaken your feet; put in place with the best of intentions, but causing damage that may be hard to see. Breaking that armor is how you create space in your body, mind, practice, and life. You can then fill that space with the new things that you want and you choose.
Naturally this is a challenging process. Creating lasting change takes discipline and deep desire. It takes getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. It challenges beliefs and stories that you may have had for years. It takes support. It takes willingness to fall apart so that you can put yourself back together…
So, stay in the pose, breathe, feel, and let the yoga work it’s magic.
in humaness with you,