IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY. . .
That is what wheel pose or urdhva dhanurasana feels like even though this photo was only taken a little over a year ago when I was at @cubayoga teaching my 3rd retreat there. . . -
It was one of my favorite asana and ever since I was a kid, before I knew the Sanskrit name, was always something that felt good, natural and I hate to say it now, but even easy for my body - even though I was never the most backbendy person. I always had the strength to support it and that was even more empowering that actually being able to get my hands close to my feet - which I was never able to do. I just loved that pose . . . It was very organic to me . . . @bridgetriepl had a name for this that made me laugh on a photo shoot but I won’t repeat here 😜.
The body in that photo feels very different now. That body now still has to be patient while healing and strengthening and hopefully getting more range of motion back. -
Today I recorded a lecture on the yamas and niyamas and talked about reprogramming and deprogramming some of our thought patterns. Hanging on, coveting, greediness, is something that we can do to ourselves and even our own pasts . . . I find myself doing this when I see these photos.
Then I can practice svadyaya and examine the thoughts and feelings that come up and build self awareness. Will I get back to wheel pose? Does it matter? Does it make me a better yoga teacher or student?
The truth to those often conflict with what I cling too.... but I’m grateful to be able to at least build some awareness around this as I continue my journey. And to have learned enough in my practice to know that even though I might want it, I’ll be just fine and perhaps better if I don’t get it. (Santosha)
Karma brings what we need. That doesn’t always align with what we want.
📷 @heartofcuba -