Getting Out of Your Head (Yoga Challenge: Day 4)

Sometime’s we’ve just got to get out of our heads.

Yesterday I was looking at the schedule for today’s classes. Lunch hour I was booked, so my options were 8am (Ashtanga) and 5:45pm (Ashtanga). My heart sank a wee bit. Ashtanga always requires so much more focus from me, for some reason. And I just didn’t feel like I had it in me.

Turns out, I didn’t, but that’s what yoga is all about.

In the span of about 30 seconds, my mind wandered to the moon and back: Wow, she’s really flexible. Who is Peter adjusting now? Are my limbs in alignment? Am I still breathing ok? Darn, that hip just doesn’t seem to be getting better. Cascade Mountain is looking beautiful this morning. Holy cow – Erin just pulled a move straight out of Cirque du Soleil.

For any of you that do yoga, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Lesson from Day 4

“Get the posture out of your mind,” Peter said at one point.

It was like he was reading my mind. Either my mind was wandering around the room or it was hyper-focused on ‘how’ I was doing.

Yoga is not about the how, though. If yoga is about anything at all, it’s about the who and why. It forces us to be aware of who we are being and why we have come to the mat. The how is irrelevant. It’s not gymnastics and what cool tricks you can do.

The asanas (or postures) are only a tiny component for the practice. Today, I understood that – with my body and not my mind.

© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.

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