Focusing on Transitions


I've taken advantage of the cheap yoga classes in Nebraska this break.  I've always loved yoga, but have never really had the money or time to dedicate myself to the practice as it should be.  Yoga has always been about a weekly exercise practice rather than a spiritual or at least emotional break.  

But this break I've gotten to do at least one yoga class a day for about two weeks now.  Even though I've been taking the Intermediate Vinyasa class, it's been a relatively easy yoga practice, at least physically.  But I've always seen the value in taking a simpler class, especially when it comes to ballet.  Going back to the basics and working on your foundation is much more fulfilling than executing complex movements without the control or technique necessary.  

Therefore, over this break my yoga practice has been about much more than getting some exercise in.  It has been about learning to still my find, to focus and align and be satisfied with my practice that day.  It is about settling into my body so that my mind can settle as well.  

And that's saying something.  Because I feel like my mind is constantly whirring a million miles and hour and I don't know how to stop it.  But yoga has been a great way to not compare myself and to be completely present for that hour and fifteen minutes.  And hopefully for a while afterwards as well.  

But this is all to be expected of a yoga practice.  Or at least a yoga practice where you really put your whole self into the movement.  This is not necessarily new or blog-worthy for me.  So what am I writing about?

Well today the instructor asked us to set our intention for the class and for the day.  As it's the last day of the year, I decided that today was going to be about embracing the turbulence of transitions.  I actually did not think about the weight of it being a transition between years or any of that socially constructed time mumbo-jumbo.  I simply knew that when I focus on the transitions in yoga rather than the poses, the whole practice has more flow.  When the transitions are smoother, the poses come more easily.  

When you don't fight the transitions, all of the in between is effortless.  And that's not just for yoga.  That is for life.  

A new year is a scary prospect.  Shifts in relationships are hard.  Losing family is painful, and letting go of friendships feels rocky.  Even a plane ride to a new state is terrifying for those of us who don't like to fly.  

The transitions in life are the hard parts.  Holding the poses are simple comparatively.  

You can't focusing on improving relationships or doing well in school/work or even being healthy if you don't grit your teeth and work through the transitions.  If you skate past the hard parts in life, I promise it will come back to bite you.  

So maybe this intent for my yoga practice today will become my resolution.  It's always going to be about working through the transitions:  dealing with the hard parts right away and learning to face your fears.  

Because when you do that, the poses are just a piece of cake.  

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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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