Each time we step onto the mat, we’re having a dialogue with our body. It’s a process of cellular programming. The way in which we move with our breath and the manner in which we practice is very much like how we interact with the world. If our practice is rushed and impersonal, we tend to be rushed and impersonal in our day-to-day lives. When we are patient and mindful with our physical bodies, we learn how to be patient and mindful in our movements and interactions in the world.
We learn what feels right, and what feels off - when to deepen and lean forward in a posture and when to rest and allow.
When I first began practicing yoga, I looked at what other people did in class and mimicked their body shapes when the instructor gave a cue I didn’t quite understand. Likewise, in my personal life, I made choices based on what I saw around me. In short, I looked at others to inform my decisions. But now, yoga is teaching me to look inside for the answers.
And each time I practice yoga and meditation, I’m a different person. My mind is in a new place, my body is a day different, my emotions have shifted from the moment before. And moving with my breath is a way to connect to my inner voice and develop a relationship that I can take out of the studio and use in life.
Intuition isn’t something that happens when we master or transcend the body. Intuition is a natural rapport that we build with ourselves through honest dialogue and deep relationship with our body. That dialogue is spoken in the language of breath linked with movement.
That’s why it’s so important to focus on feeling and sensation when we practice yoga versus fitting into a shape, because we are programming ourselves. If we put the intention in our yoga class that we have to fit into a shape to be fully realized, or that we have to suffer in class in order to earn the rewards of savasana, then we take that philosophy into our daily lives. We try to mold ourselves into the ideal worker to earn that promotion or work ourselves to the bone without maintenance or self-care in anticipation of a big break, the big savasana.
But when we practice yoga and meditation with the intention that moving with our breath is a gradual awareness-building practice, we cultivate, and harvest, a loving relationship with our highest self.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!