This morning at yoga I learned something about myself, which is not so unusual because that is what yoga is all about. It is a process of self-inquiry that leads us to find and accept who we truly are.
This morning I learned I had become somewhat complacent about my personal journey. For the past while I have been content to stick to the familiar because it feels safe and takes relatively little effort. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but when we get stuck in a groove we can forfeit the opportunity for growth.
This morning Melissa, a gifted and creative teacher, offered me something outside of the range of my normal yoga experience. I really had to stay present and focus my awareness to stay with the practice. And as the class evolved I found myself experiencing a more refined appreciation of my present moment experience. By the time savasana arrived I felt a greater degree of calm abiding than I had for quite some time. From this place of greater clarity I realized that my approach to yoga had become a little more mechanical and a little less mindful.
For me, stepping just a bit outside of my comfort zone broke me out of a rut I didn’t even know I was in. I left the studio with a newfound sense of empowerment and vitality. Thanks Melissa!
The lesson I learned is that every once in awhile it is worthwhile to ask “Where am I in my practice” Maybe it is time to try something different and see where it leads.
Patanjali’s Ethical Principals of Yoga: