Sunday, August 15, 2010
Getting Over Obstacles
As you prepare for this home yoga practice, take a moment to think about the things in your life that seem to hold you back from moving forward. It can be anything from a a lack of money, depression, or a boss that is reluctant to give you a raise. Whatever it is, we often see these things as obstacles in our lives. What do you do in response to these obstacles? Do you remain stuck with no vision of advancement? Do you continue to beat the wall, but feel like you’re not making any progress? Do you become angry, frustrated, disillusioned, or feel betrayed?
What if you could see yourself moving past these obstacles? Recall the strengths that you have (organized, intelligent, fast learner, excellent chef, etc.) It is these same strengths, talents, and traits that will allow you to move through, past, and around these obstacles.
For this yoga practice you will need a block.
Begin in Mountain Pose. As you begin here, take a moment to recall the calming feeling of your breath. Be aware of the unguarded nature of the breath. Experience how it continues to flow without much effort. Allow this experience of breath to guide you through your yoga practice today.
Transition from Downward Facing Dog to Warrior I & II
Start your flow with three Sun Salutations to warm the body. As you move, call to mind the obstacles with which you are currently dealing. As breath guides you through these few Sun Salutations, experience the opening quality of the breath. The breath will be your tool to break down the walls that might hold you back from advancing forward on your life journey. Each pose in the Sun Salutation has a definite intention of opening you. Give yourself the same permission to open yourself up, to move through your current challenges, and press forward.