I have found that as much as I have craved my practice I have not been able to get on my mat of late. After having time off after surgery and then hurting my shoulder recently, I felt or at least I told myself that I couldn’t practice because I couldn’t practice the way I did before.
Why do we let ourselves be tricked into believing that change means that in some way we’re not worthy? That in order to feel good about ourselves we must do better? That if we struggle or become injured we need to give up our practice, this form of self care?
My practice has changed and that is not a bad thing. I am relearning how to work with my body and what it needs in this moment. Gently reminding myself that it’s ok if I’m not breaking a sweat and that I can still get so much from showing up, being present.
Do you find yourself struggling to find motivation? Have you stopped to explore the WHY?
During the past three months, I’ve been painfully aware of the effects of my yogic neglect. I can feel my body as never before, I am in tune and know when something is not quite right.
I could feel the emptiness in my life from removing the reflective exercise, the moving meditation that my practice normally provides. I could feel the gripping in my lumbar spine, feel the dull pain in my hips.
I also know that even the slightest pause in the practice undoes a significant benefit provided by a daily routine. I could feel a distancing, like I’d lost touch with some essential ingredient in life.
One might say the increased sensitivity cultivated by yoga practice is a blessing and a curse, a blessing because we are now in touch with a deeper connection to life and a curse because we can’t pretend and blindly lead our lives any longer.
I invite you to take the time to roll out your mat and see what happens and know that when you need guidance I am here, waiting
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