What is Soft is Strong. – Lao-Tzu
It is day 11.
The day we officially stop pushing and forcing and learn to soften.
Take advantage of soft easy movement to explore and unlock parts of the body that need tending to.
Harder, faster stronger needs to be balanced with a deep listening to the wisdom of your body.
Notice I say your body and not the body.
Today, we work to find ease and connect to a deeper listening that serves your unique body and depth of breath.
The invitation today is to let go of rigidity in your patterns.
Are you locking your joints?
Are you closing off pathways of energy with tension?
Today’s session opens another doorway. Attending 100 yoga classes is great but what if you are exercising the same muscles and toasting to the same patterns over and over again?
Are you uncovering? Or just piling it on?
If we keep stretching the same muscles over and over then what happens?
Those muscles actually can become weak.
With YWA and this TRUE 30 Day Journey – we have the opportunity to look at the current state of body and breath and create a practice that serves – not emulates.
Happy exploring today! (It will breeze by like 5 min!)
You are doing great!!!
You should feel so proud! THIS IS NO SMALL FEAT!
SUMMARY: You have an opportunity to really begin to create an experience that feels good for your body each time you step on the mat.
I’ll be there to guide you.
What I’m advocating here is something that requires courage — the courage to have a change of heart. The reason this requires courage is because when we don’t do the habitual thing, hardening our heart and holding tightly to certain views, then we’re left with the underlying uneasiness that we were trying to get away from. Whenever there’s a sense of threat, we harden. And so if we don’t harden, what happens? We’re left with that uneasiness, that feeling of threat. That’s when the real journey of courage begins. This is the real work of the peacemaker, to find the soft spot and the tenderness in that very uneasy place and stay with it. If we can stay with the soft spot and stay with the tender heart, then we are cultivating the seeds of peace.
— Pema Chodron in Practicing Peace in Times of War