Soundness in Simplicity – Just Go Into The Pose
How do you plead to the charge of complicating your practice?
Guilty Your Honor. No, I mean like really guilty.
Every one of us has been here. Some of us, myself included, go here too often. Our culture rewards obsessing over perfection, so it’s no surprise that yoga has been somewhat sensationalized here in the States….which has it’s pros and cons:
Pro: We’ve dramatically increased the awareness of the practice across the entire country, and have exposed countless people to it. Some go on to become terrific teachers, some make it a life-long practice, and some drag their unwilling friends the mat for the first time (and the cycle starts over again with someone new).
Con: Because we are a culture of leaner-faster-stronger, people always want to push push push, and my personal favorite, want to be “good at yoga”.
The strive for excellence has it’s time and place, undoubtedly. But on the mat we can often spin ourselves into a mental and physical tizzy by obsessing. A mentor of mine once gave me a piece of advice that still sticks with me to this day: “Don’t think about it too much. Just go into the pose.”
Just go into the pose. I like this idea.
When you simplify and just go into the pose, here are a few pieces of mental chatter that you can get rid of:
- Is my front knee rolling open far enough?
- I’m hungry.
- How long are we going to be in this posture?
- Does my ass look fat? I should have worn my other pants.
- Are my hips aligned?
- I have to pee.
Am I saying you should totally abandon all body awareness? Not at all. I’m merely suggesting that sometimes there is soundness in simplicity; sometimes you can trust in yourself that you’re doing just fine; and sometimes you can let go of all immediate expectation and know that you’ll find your different expressions of the postures over time.
So, how do you know when it’s time to explore your physical edge vs. when it’s time to just go into the pose? I wish I could answer that for you my friends, but I can only answer that for myself. The same applies to you. You know your body better than anyone…it was, in fact, custom-built for you.
Some days you feel like conquering the world. Some days you just want to simply move and breathe. Your body will tell you when, all you have to do is listen
Be light my friends,