Friday, March 8, 2013

Go with the flow.

Vinyasa means to flow. Vinyasa is an invitation to cultivate an awareness that links each action we take to the next—on the mat and in our lives. Imagine a sail boat in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by wind. It's only option is to go with the wind, to flow. Moving through life demands being in sync or in flow with what surrounds us. This flow requires skill and intuition, the ability to set a course yet change with the wind and currents. If you want to sail, you have to know how to know the conditions of the weather—blustery, calm, choppy—which constantly change, as do our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.

In a yoga context vinyasa links poses together, so we are in constant transition from one place to another. In life that translates to the idea that constant change is an inherent part of life. Therefore, if we want to move forward flawlessly, we must first be upfront and clear with where we are starting from today; we cannot assume we are in the same place/mood/situation as we were yesterday. We all like to ignore the changing conditions of our body-mind because it creates discomfort, it requires attention.
What i've noticed I sometimes do in reaction to that is to distort the reality of who I am based on who I think that I should be. Anyone else experience that?

This for me shows up clearly on my yoga mat, for example when I choose to do a rigorous practice when i'm agitated or tired; or doing a restorative practice when i'm stagnant; eating dinner too late knowing tomorrow I'll regret it. In order to avoid such un-beneficial actions, we need to start out with an accurate assessment of our current state, and from that place of truth go with the flow. Stay open to what surrounds you and accept that everyday is different, but we are built to adjust. Practice your vinyasa!

So plug in. Be clear and upfront with your present condition. 

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