Hello Wonderful People!
… And then there were flowers! And blossoms on the trees! And sunshine! And blue skies! Welcome to May! I hope this month has treated you well so far.
I was thinking while teaching the other day about how practicing yoga is really an adventure of self discovery. Actually, I believe any activity could be an adventure of self discovery. As my teacher Coby Kozlowski at Kripalu says, “how you do anything is how you do everything.” I definitely learned a lot about my approach to life while learning how to paint a door this winter… Sometimes these adventures of self discovery are exciting and other times they may reveal things you may not love. So my thought was that yoga is a lot like Alice falling into Wonderland; some of it is wonderful and amazing and some of it is uncomfortable, scary, and frankly not so wonderful. The whole adventure is all these new discoveries. When we dive into a yoga practice, it can be very much the same as falling into Wonderland in that some of what is discovered on the mat is awesome and wonderful and feels so good - shows you parts of yourself you were unaware of and are thrilled to discover. Sometimes the practice can bring up challenges, frustrations, things perhaps you are not looking to find and not looking to experience. Yoga is the skill and art of getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. When all these various findings pop up, can you take a moment to be with the different sensations, thoughts, emotions and spend some time with these discoveries in your own Wonderland? It becomes a practice in being with all the parts of the self that reveal themselves. And I personally like the idea of falling into and being in my own Wonderland :)
Here is to your path of self discovery in all the ways you travel it! May you learn to be with all the different pieces that are revealed as you dive into your own Wonderland.
To the adventure ahead!
All the best,