It’s Day four in my Integrative Yoga Therapy Program here at Kripalu and I’m still really digging it, for the most part it is meeting all of my needs and then some. The Program is definitely addressing areas within my own yoga practice on and off the mat that needed expansion and streamlining and creativity. I’m extremely jazzed already about the way in which I will be able to apply all that I am learning into some fantastic new yoga programs for all of my new and existing customers.
I’m coming face to face though with some new and compelling character challenges that are as empowering and potentially inspiringh as this particular asana:
Plank as a physical posture has made me stronger through the core and the quads and the shoulders, and that, at age almost 50, has been really great. The part that I am working on right now is patience through the heart. And this is where the practice of yoga becomes really interesting as the physical posture can manifest power and flexibility, the real work begins when emotional and spiritual issues are revealed as a result of the work on the mat. Awareness is so tender and oftentimes bittersweet.
And so I have accepted the invitation to become gentler in my approach to impatience. This is my first step. I step into the action of breathing through those moments that don’t really require me to immediately step in and prove my mettle. I wait, I observe, I exhale deeply and try not to listen to the mind chatter imploring me to wade in and resolve. This is huge work for me, and much like plank three years ago, sometimes brings me to my knees.
But I want to change as I know that the graced opportunities that have so far revealed themselves in my life have honestly come about as a result of the subtle and nuanced curves that I ride around acceptance. Such is the life I am energized to live. So, I’m doing it, leaning in and hanging on. here’s to an awesome and, most likely, highly entertaining and provocative ride.