Lesson 2: Be patient and you’ll arrive.
Yoga taught me I can do shit I never thought I could do. This Tuesday Sept 30th, I found myself in full camel while demonstrating how to do camel - this has never happened before, but I reached back and my heels were just there without any forcing or pushing! I arrived in it.
Knowing the physical issues I've faced, low back pain and sciatica, and my yoga philosophy of taking it easy and slow, it's even more remarkable! I've often referred to myself as the lazy yogi, opting for restorative and irest classes over vinyasa. I'd much rather meditate and chant than go to an alignment-based class.
A recent exchange with a student reflects this philosophy: Student: "I have low back pain, but I think it's important to stay fit so I do cross fit and run 5 miles a day. What do you do?" Me: "I do breathing exercises, chant, and walk", I replied with no shame.
I love my body and I want it to work for a long time. My days as an athlete, punishing it, squeezing it, weighting it, and trying to force it into shapes are over. Walking is ample cardio for now and I'm happy with my shape. Sometimes I wonder if being happy with myself is part of why I stay healthy.
When my body decided it wanted to go into full camel - a very strong backbend - I was surprised, because I haven't been physically working toward it. Emotionally maybe....I've been working toward having a more open, accepting and vulnerable heart, so the emotional informed the physical.
The point is, I arrived in a posture. I didn't force it and it felt so good to be there - heart open with ease.
A side note: When I read this post, it reminds me of a song I wrote many years ago. Beneath are the lyrics and audio. Here is a link to the audio: https://soundcloud.com/dharampal/transition-arrival
"I, I release, to the universe.
All, all the things that I carry.
And I know, that all will be provided for me
And I know, and I trust. I let go.
And I arrive. And I, I can fly
Arrive. And I, I can fly
When, we hold on to each and everythang
We, age ourselves and take away, the mystery within
And all I can really do
Is say I love you.
And all I can really be
Is myself. In this moment.
I arrive. And I, I can fly
Arrive. And I, I can fly
It's not for me to know all things
It's not for me to know what say
But I can be a warm heart
On a cold day. On this day
I arrive. And I, I can fly.
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!