PRESENCE. Today, I thought about how my body and yoga practice have changed over the years. I initially started practicing regularly after doing a Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2014, followed by an Ashtanga Yoga Innovation Teacher Training. There was a period where I’d be practicing Ashtanga 5-6 times a week, for 1.5 - 2 hours / day. Nowadays, I mix. There’s pranayama, meditation and asana practice but no day’s the same. I asked myself why I mostly don’t feel like practicing Ashtanga anymore and soon after came to realize that the past year asked a lot of softness from me. I was broken open on so many different levels, shaken, and that definitely showed in my yoga practice. Following a strict sequence just didn’t feel right anymore. I kept teaching Ashtanga, but preferred to flow freely on my own mat. This little square was my shelter, and some days I would just sit down and cry. That was my yoga practice. And some days it still is.
Yoga is not a mystery. It starts with you, right as you are, no matter what state you’re in. You don’t have to be skinny, flexible, vegan or enlightened. Just show up on your mat and see what you’ll end up with. Be present. Breathe. Move if you feel like moving, but more important: sit down, tune in, surrender & observe.