There’s a piece of my spine that knows when I’ve been working, ruminating, processing too much and not practicing enough. It’s at the back of my heart, between my shoulder blades, that upper thoracic place that seems to act as a hook upon which to hang my stress. Sometimes it’s fun to ask, “who would win in a fight, my troubles or a good downward facing dog?” Thankfully, the dog pose seems to be the stronger contender just often enough that it always feels worth a try.
We all have these. The physical parts that seem to morph into physical manifestations of emotions, built up day after day and then sirening out all of a sudden. It doesn’t make any kind of sense, it might seem, to say it out loud, but you might know very intimately the way your sadness maps onto your kidneys, say, or your joy to the space around your heart. But you know it when
you feel it.
The body is a deep well, and when we send the dipper of our awareness into it, a million things can come up. In the midst of a particularly rough week recently, I knew that if I kept sending that dipper down, in the form of my breath and some simple movement, I would eventually come upon something I needed to remember having: strength, hope, a reliable sense of humor. Yoga practice can be a way of pulling these things up to the surface.
Find Your Ground
Just try it sometime: on a day when your internal landscape is rough waves or forest fire, step onto your mat for a few minutes. Go without a plan and see what happens. At first maybe all you do is stand in tadasana with your eyes closed and feel the ways in which your body is largely made of water as you sway a bit, finding your ground. What do you do to find your ground? What makes you feel solid? Can you do it again, in repeating shapes and poses until you know without question where to find the thing that makes you feel strong? It’s worth finding. Once, or a hundred times.
As spring shifts toward summer, we hope you’ll find that even the small amounts of time you spend quietly with yourself, observing what’s present, can help you navigate all the different landscapes that you live within. We look forward to practicing with you!
Much love and thanks for reading,