On Tuesday night, the vibe and energy at Earth Yoga was just REAL!
I had the pleasure of leading a power hot vinyasa class that just kept me buzzing days later. There is nothing like seeing a community of asana practitioners cultivating high levels of awareness, smiling and taking themselves to their limits with great recognition and profound focus.
Was it hot? Yup. Was it sweaty? Absolutely. Did any of that take these yogis away from their "atha," their NOW? Nope. With every inhale and ensuing exhale, I felt the power of breathing and absorbed their intensity.
Earth yogis… as I told you after class, there's no other place I would rather have been than there with you. Thank you.
Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
Remember this when you step onto your mat. Asana practice is not about the ideal form. Nor is it about mimicking what's on a cover of a magazine. Or, what droves of people think is beautiful on Instagram or Facebook.
It's about feeling, which is individual and each one of us owns it -- that is beautiful.
Falling out of pose, trying to get into the next one, holding onto the frustration and making-up for the last pose… let it go. Move onto the next "atha." The next now. As I stated in another blog post, those are the necessary "cracks" that let the light in. Every breathe is a now. Every pose is a now. You fall trying to get into Bakasana… you move on.
The cracks are necessary. The light truly illuminates once it penetrates complete darkness. So embrace the falling, the toppling over, or the times where you perceive the "perfect offering" is not attainable.
Smile. Laugh. And then go towards your next "now" and remember that cracks truly let the light in. Why be in darkness?
"Now through the teachings of Yoga."
During asana practice there is only one moment … "Atha."
What matters most than being in your now? A very important teaching and the reason why this is one of my favorite of Patanjali's sutras. It is the first one of the first pada!
Every time you inhale… that's your now. Every time you exhale… that is your now.
Whenever we fall out of a pose… our now is to move onto the next. If we're in an posture that just feels masterful or just dreading … embrace the now, but are we gripping onto that and savoring every atha thereafter?
How could we adopt this away from our mat?
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