"But, jeez, admitting failure in life hurts way more than falling down in yoga! I'm so glad I have my yoga mat practice regaining control and composure after a fall - because it's a part of life."
Oops, I messed up!
I began this week feeling on top of the world. Then, by taken on to much at work, I dropped one of the balls I was juggling and let a couple people down in the process. I acknowledged my mistake and I'm working to move one. But, jeez, admitting failure in life hurts way more than falling down in yoga! I'm so glad I have my yoga mat practice regaining control and composure after a fall - because it's a part of life.
This is me in my favorite studio, my living room!
Overcoming the "Oops"
So, over the next couple days I will be challenging myself to find my edge on the mat and then honor it by going no further. If it serves you, join me in taking on this intention. Honoring your limits (which may change each time you hit the mat) is also a part of mindful movement. Explore the line between discomfort and pain, and know when to back off. This will keep you safe, and will prepare your body for the next peak. You will also be training your brain to know when you are positively challenging yourself, or simply biting off more than you can chew.
Put It Into Practice
A great pose to explore the discipline of "the edge" is in Standing Forehead to Knee Pose (Dandayamana Janushirasana). There are four expressions of the pose, and you get the benefits in each expression. But, the benefits only come if you're executing an expression correctly, and don't move on too early. Listen to the whisper of your body. Can you drop your hip back in line? Are all ten fingers (including the thumb) really bound around your foot. Your body will tell you when you're ready to move on.
I hope a regular practice helps you see your mat not simply as an exercise tool, but a safe space to rehearse for life's ups and downs. Your mat can be a place you to go for quiet meditation, or vigorous mindful, movement. Either way, whatever positive, authentic experience you cultivate on the mat will certainly help you off of it.
I would love to hear your thoughts, feelings, questions or comments. What pose offers discipline for you?
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