Often as we practice we are focused on reaching the end goal:
“I want to touch my toes.”
“I want to have a totally clear mind.”
“I want to hold an arm balance.”
The practice is not about the end goal, but the journey, and this will be a huge part of my teaching over the next few weeks. We often miss the subtleties of the practice, and can create pain (or even injury) but being forceful, or trying too much too soon. Slow down, and try to understand what is happening on the way, rather than only noticing the finish line.
When holding poses for a long time, starting somewhere comfortable and allowing the breath to carry you deeper is perfect. The nervous system has time to adjust and you can often notice a significant difference from when you started. With the mind, we will always have thoughts. The more you try to clear the head, the more the thoughts will be there. Be patient with the mind, you are changing life long habits. When it comes to more challenging poses like arm balances, there is a lot of commitment required. Just throwing yourself in once or twice is not enough. Other strength training may be required, understanding of how to use your body weight and support the wrist structure is crucial, being receptive to the little breakthroughs like holding the pose for one second longer than you did yesterday. 🔮
All these things do not come quickly, and every goal in your practice and life is personal to you. Even your yoga teachers will be constantly breaking their own boundaries of body and mind.
Listen, breathe and enjoy the journey.
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