I love routines, and yet, my routines keep me deluded into believing that life is predictable and within the realms of my control. While it’s natural to find comfort in consistency, habits and routines, it is easy to form a rigid dependency. From that space, I often fail to experience some of life’s sweetest offerings: those found through change.
The reasons why we choose to resist change are many. And perhaps knowing them is not as crucial as understanding and embracing the ways in which we can more warmly welcome change into our lives and into our yoga practice. For some of us, change begins with trying a new yoga posture or choosing to place our mats in a different location of the room. For others of us, change is more expansive and entails embarking upon a new career or geographical location. For others, change is trying a new and nourishing vegetarian recipe for the first time. And while we might not like it, change enables us to grow, to expand, and to see our experiences in a different light.
When we stop resisting and instead welcome the shifts that happen both in and out of our control and both on and off our mats, we empower ourselves to live in a more vibrant and expansive way. For example, perhaps we have always been drawn to Vinyasa classes, but are intrigued with Yin Yoga or Yoga Wall. Perhaps we dearly miss an old yoga teacher who no longer teaches at the studio, but are curious about a new one. Or perhaps we have always been frightened of inversions, but feel compelled to try handstand for the first time. There numerous ways in which we can welcome change into our lives, step by step. With a little curiosity, faith and the promise of a safe and sacred space, we can begin anew.
Ideas for Embracing Change:
-Try a new yoga class
-Sign up for a workshop
–Place your yoga mat in a new location
-Use props to go deeper into a pose, just to experience it
-Cook a nourishing meal with a new whole grain: quinoa, millet or brown rice
By Erin Walton