Tonight I had a customer who arrived at her session completely angry. She didn’t want to talk about it. I told her: “Great, let’s begin….” And she did, even though she didn’t really want to.
I admire that kind of tenacity. It takes practice, trust and an ability to embrace those first two qualities and let your heart go; leaning in to present moment awareness. She knew that to do anything but would only manifest greater pain. Honest to God as she practiced she began to feel better.
I focused on the shoulders, the hips and the heart; incorporating asana, pranayama and a meditation on santosha (contentment) that confronted, and subsequently invited a release of all of the pent up negative emotion. She worked hard, using a lot of Ha release breaths on the exhale, and never ever said a word about the initial reason for her anger. She just began to feel better and better; staying with the breath, focusing on the pose, leaning in to the light of the heart, in the present moment.
Loving Big is that simple.