Today in practice, everything came so easily to me. Some days are just like that- our strength is with us, we are flexible, energized and in a good state of mind. As I balanced in my crow with ease, I reflected on just the other day, struggling to even fly my bakasana. I battled to keep in mind that not being able to get into a certain asana is not a sign of digression- rather a sign of the changing tides and the waves that rise and fall. We are the ocean- always in motion. Calm in parts and and stormy in others...but always in a balanced notion. As I folded myself into a pretzel from wheel. Usually grasping at my toes to keep from unwinding, I simply melted into the asana. I placed my palms on the mat and focused on my breathing. For a second- I was surprised how good this pose felt. Then I realized it felt amazing because it’s not attached to my ego. Unlike my splits journey as a dancer and my inversion journey as a yogi, this pose is not fed by the ego. Because if I’m being really honest in my self reflection- both the splits and inversions made me feel like a “better yogi” or got me praise. But that’s not what it’s about.
Because I have a hyper flexible back and I’m usually not into deep stretches until later in my practice...I never really thought to share it. It just seemed- personal I suppose. It just goes to show that the most magical moments on the mat are simply between the self and the higher self. Even though there are so many physical and external aspects of yoga, it’s all about the journey within. I have progressed greatly in my yoga journey over the past two years especially and it’s not because of my physical body. It’s due to the connection I have made to my soul.
Thanks so much for checking out this reflections from the mat!
&& Just for fun- here's the actual page out of my notebook.