Yoga Flow with Awesome Lisa this morning…opened, as is customary, with an invitation to dedicate our practice to an idea, a value, an individual…if you are reading this, you very likely know the drill. “Open,” popped in to my mind, and during our warm up and breathing I could imagine my ribs expanding, allowing golden light to pour out from my heart, like through shutters.
However, as can happen to me from time to time, I found my intention shifting over the course of the practice. This can tend to happen to me…I’m a total Myers-Briggs ENTP, full of Big Ideas that rapidly shift once a new Big Idea arises in my mind. This time, though, it wasn’t my crazy short-attention span that set me on a new dedication. This time, it was the practice itself that changed my mind’s direction, and, ironically, it was my distractable nature that fell in to view.
Usually, the Yoga Flow class flows. Not that we didn’t today, but not just at the usual clip. Today, Awesome Lisa (who will be delighted to learn that I have embellished her name behind her back) had us pause a bit to evaluate our technique in each of our Asanas. Where are your shoulders? Which areas are bearing the weight of this pose? Are you trying to get lower or higher or deeper in a bind at the expense of the soul of the pose?
And thus, a new intention was born. It isn’t just about jumping ahead,trying to climb the mountain “because it’s there.” It’s about learning and absorbing along the way. It’s about living in this moment here, in the present. Being in the now, and all of those mindful practices that elude me on a regular basis.
Lesson learned? Well, I hesitate to commit to having actually learned ANYTHING….But, I do have a renewed interest in an area that has been a lingering question for me for years. The Devil is , for me, in the details. It’s all very well and good to move on to the next stage…but, who is to say that the last stage was actually completed? And, most confusingly, does a system of approved progression help more people to a disciplined practice, or does it distract them with structure and the desire to outdo one’s classmates?
I massively appreciated the opportunity I got in today’s practice: that is, to explore and honor the fact that the subtleties in the simplest of poses can make the difference between an effective stretch and a useless one. Yes, several of my “Oooh, I’m ready for the advanced variation” positions were changed back to “maybe the adaptation for beginners is more my speed,” but, then, it’s a wake-up I obviously needed.
So, instead of just “Open,” I get a dedication to one of my own weaknesses, and, as usual, it applies way, WAY beyond Yoga. Sometimes, you need to slow down the flow of your life, take stock, and make sure your form is healthy. Keep reaching further down in your metaphorical triangle, but don’t forget to keep your hips in one plane.
Lesson one had me hold this post overnight to check for typos. So, you see, I can be taught!
And, now, it’s off to my yoga togs for a quick practice. I’ll even multitask a bit and put a bottle of wine in to chill while I’m out. So gifted.
Wonderful weekend, my friends, and stay warm.