When you change the way you move, you change the way you live your life.
I was once told, the way we move, the way we walk, the way we approach a pose, is a mirror for the way we set about our lives.
On the mat, if we consistently move apprehensively, without trust or confidence, or with fear, we likely employ a similar method off the mat. Bulldozing into a posture to just “do it” or “get it done”… suggests there may be some bulldozing through our lives. Admittedly, that was me, five years ago.
When teachers recommended slowing down, every bone and muscle in my body resisted. When we were told to move with our breath, I used short, shallow breaths: longer breaths meant slower movements. My practice was my practice and it was fine as it was – but it wasn’t. It would take an entire class to clear my mind, to get to the point where I’d hope to be 5 minutes in.
I rushed through life with a permanent sense of angst. I constantly needed to get each task done and checked off. I took pride in being referred to as an octopus, consistently “accomplishing” multiple tasks at once.
AND, just as I did on the mat, I was endlessly trying to prove myself, and my worth, to everyone.
Over the last five years my practice has transformed drastically. Not because the poses look more impressive, but because I struggle less. And, not surprisingly, I struggle less in life.
When something doesn’t work, I remember to breath, to get curious about what isn’t working. When there is a struggle inside (last week for example), I start to inquire about what’s there. It’s not just about solving, but about understanding, and when I do, the solutions in the end, are usually quite successful.
A teacher once said “do the pose, not for yourself or your ego, but in support of your neighbor.” An otherwise anecdotal comment, it blew my mind. Each time I play with that approach, there is always a new strength and easy resilience not there before.
When you change the way you move…you change the way you live.
Would you like to live with more strength or more flexibility of mind, body or spirit? Would you like more ease? This week, can you bring that into the way you move, both on and off the mat?
With love and light,
Rachel (to receive these in your inbox weekly, subscribe below!)