There are countless ways to exist in asana: In any given moment: In life.
We each arrive on our mat for various reasons; we come to relax, to find balance, to restore, to let go, to hold on, to build strength, to surrender…
How we approach each asana is equally as varied; with aversion, anger, hope, joy, calm, angst, fight, peace, fear, love…
Does the same not apply to each and every moment of our lives?
We move into each new day, each new situation or activity with a limitless supply of reasons, beliefs and intentions. We approach each opportunity with love, fear, anger, anxiety, stress, calm or a mixture of all of the available emotions, feelings and sensations.
Will you consider that all of this is a choice? We chose to come to the mat or not. We can approach each asana with anxiety or surrender & grace. We can also choose to move into each moment with a new, refreshed and clear existence.
If we dig deep and take time to explore our fear, anxiety and aversions, rather than avoid these genuine feelings we will find it is often when our sense of aversion is at its peak that we most need to come to the mat. As well as with any situation off the mat – what we most want to avoid is often what we need most face. Consider examples when this has rung true in your own life.
I have developed a faith through my yoga practice. A faith in practice (Abhyasa) itself.
Although I do not always want to come to the mat, I always do and without fail, at the end of each practice, I feel better: More centred, balanced and grounded. This is the power of yoga.
A dedicated yoga practice has the power to transform your life. Keep coming to the mat. Stay committed to your practice. This commitment will spread into all areas of your life off the mat. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open to new ways of existing in each and every moment.
It’s all yoga. Breathe deep. Enjoy it with all of its darkness – for without the darkness, there would be no appreciation of, or joy to be had from the light.
The best way out is always through”-Robert Frost