If there’s anything I have learned so far through this yoga challenge it’s that there is something new to be learned in every class.
Today’s class was pretty hard for me. My body was weak (again). My arms were sore and tired. But, with this yoga challenge I’ve noticed that I simply can’t be at “my best” every single class. I am used to going to 2-3 classes per week and at this rate it’s possible to feel strong and energized in almost every class. But practising day after day is a bit of a different story. By week four, however, I think my body will be used to its own ebb and flow.
Seeing and feeling the differences in my body from day to day has helped me to really tune into where I’m at and to understand how interconnected my physical being is with my emotions, mental state and spiritual wellbeing. On days when my brain is on overdrive with writing assignments, I often feel heavier in class. When I feel balanced emotionally, I feel more balance overall in my practise. I’ve just learned to appreciate this interconnectedness so much this week.
Lesson from Day 9
During Savasana, Mindy read us a passage written by another yoga instructor in Montreal that said (to paraphrase), “if yoga isn’t teaching us, growing us and creating better people out of us, why bother practise?” Mindy then encouraged us to find teachers that help us grow in our practise and in our lives off the mat. It reminded me of an email I received from my aunt the day I got married:
“I listened to this podcast today (http://drishtipoint.ca/?p=722). There was a timely quote by Mahrishi Mahesh on the purpose of marriage. The purpose of marriage is to lead you to cosmic consciousness as quickly as possible – to help each other grow to consciousness, to heal whatever is a wound within your own personality. Your spouse is your teacher. Look into each other’s eyes and see your teacher.”
What teachers do you have in your life? Who and what can help you heal whatever is a wound within your own personality?
© Meghan J. Ward, 2011.