Recently I had the pleasure of attending Sunrise Yoga at the Salamander Resort Stable. A die hard Pilates (and horse) fanatic, I have always found yoga to be a bit intimidating. Looking for more ways to add variety in my teaching, I decided it was time to again give yoga a try. After all, as someone mentioned to me: a flexible body is not required, just a willing mind.
Once I let go of my preconceived notions, I changed my mind. I love yoga. I still can barely touch my toes but I love yoga! The physical practice of yoga builds your mind.
I love the give and take and what I like to call the general sloppiness of yoga. There are a million things you can learn about yoga, but if you know nothing, you can still have a great practice. Or you can dedicate your life to the practice of all things yogi, and still have a great practice. It’s whatever you make of it.
Yoga is the fine line between ease and effort. It’s letting go. It’s understanding that everyone is different and trying to not judge. All you really need is a mat, although I do recommend a good pair of yoga pants too! The line between ease and effort is the same with everything in life. Working hard is great and good for you. Working too hard is not.
So, for today I’ll live in the present. Yoga for me today is a beautiful sunrise in front of a beautiful barn in a beautiful community. It’s a physical challenge. It’s a mental challenge. Even though I can’t do it today, doesn’t mean I can’t do it someday.
I’ll leave all the heavy mental lifting about yoga to the true students of yoga for now. Maybe one day I’ll rethink that. For me for now it’s enough to just be here in the present.