After about three months of studio hopping, I’ve found my way back home. Back to my “home” yoga studio, and my home sweet home. Once the fam cleared the way, I rolled out my mat in the living room, and said –Hello, home yoga practice! Having the freedom to do exactly as my body wanted while intentionally moving towards a fuller self expression was exactly what I needed. It opened my (third?) eye in a whole new light!
I could see how my same old behavior takes me to the same old place. I always start my practice with Surya Namaskar into Warrior 1 and Warrior 2. Then I’ll go into Trikonasana and Parsvottanasana. I could continue on with the sequence here (seriously, it’s been done to death — I can both say it and do it by rote), but that would be a bore. The bottom line –it works. But it’s also a bit of been there done that, right? Isn’t it much more interesting to use our experience as a foundation for growth? To explore the unknown? So instead of starting out with my usual Surya Namaskar blah blah blah, why not jump straight into an inversion practice? Maybe it’s Bakasana to tripod headstand that starts the sequence? The key is to move with my body’s intuition, and stay present to move consciously where I need to be. Somewhat simple to do on the mat. Off the mat — a whole other story!
I like the path of familiarity. It’s comfortable, it’s pretty obvious and I know where it leads. I’ve gone down that path so many times. It’s like a good friend, albeit one who isn’t really looking out for me. The other path, the one that’s aligned with my soul, gives me flutters in the stomach when it shows its way. I feel uncertain. A little scared. And excited!
See we’ve all got our unique path — the one that’s just right for who we are. Mine looks different than yours. Though sometimes I wish mine could look like hers. I know (my soul knows!) what my true path looks like. And with the help of yoga, my intuition and all the other signs that show the way, I’ll move forward on this path…hopefully every day.
What signs show you the way on your true path?