Just keep practicing

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Christy Marsden1Happy middle of month! I hope you are living well and enjoying the coming of Spring and all the energy that comes along with it. I love this time of year and I also find it extremely challenging. When all the energy from the seed is bursting forth into creation, I have a hard time slowing down and keeping my energy in check.

You know the little snippets of inspiration we have at Yoga Blend? I have drawn the same one 5 times in the past 2 weeks. “Don’t just do something. Sit there.” When I read it, every part of me wants to scream, “BUT I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO!!!” Then, I laugh. The message is coming through loud and clear in many different ways, some more obvious than others and I am finally paying attention.

Our yoga practice is an opportunity to stay one step ahead of our habits so as to keep them from sending us spiraling too far in one direction. If you have a tendency towards ‘doing’ as many of us do, you may give and give and give, often times at the expense of your own health and happiness. For others, it is quite the opposite. Some people have a hard time getting the ball rolling and want more than anything the energy to get things started. Fortunately, yoga can help with both extremes.

Yoga is a practice of reconciling opposites so that we can find that sweet spot in the center. However, it is important to remember that we are all different and need different things at different times. Some of us may need a more active practice to get us moving and others of us may need something more slow and meditative to calm the overactive energy. The kicker is, more often than not, we tend to lean towards our habit and want the very thing that we already are. That is certainly the case for me. So, to balance, I still do an active practice for the physical level to keep my body energetic but I have been balancing it with more gentle movement and longer meditation practices to keep my mind from demanding that I do more.

It is a practice…and it can be hard, but anything worth having is definitely worth the effort. One of my favorite quotes of late from the Bhagavad Gita is, “no effort on the yoga path is ever lost.” Just keep practicing…