My life lately seems to be a constant dance of coming into and out of balance. There have been times when I feel empowered and in-tune, and then other moments when routine gets away from me and I feel like I’ve been knocked off my game. This natural ebb and flow can feel like a banged up roller coaster. What I remind myself of however, is that the highs and lows are fleeting and that continuing to show up for myself is a practice. We can become attached to the sweet spots when life feels aligned, and feel like we have lost ourselves when things feel misaligned.
Through my yoga practice, I have learned how to better stay the course when life feels bumpy. When practicing, there are moments when I feel centered and strong and there are times when I hit places which are just plain uncomfortable. My practice is sacred to me because I get to show up on my mat as I am and experience all of it. The balanced handstand and the quiet savasana are elements of the practice, but for me, they are not representative of all of it. I show up because my practice teaches me how to enjoy the beauty of the sweet spots as well as be there for myself and practice breathing through spaces from which I want to escape. My practice is a way to re-create patterns to better serve myself and my body. Yoga, for me, encompasses all of this.
And from my practice, I can then begin to transfer these principles more easily into my life. When I feel like I have lost my balance, I know I can be there for myself. I know that I have the tools of presence and breath which can get me through in a conscious way. I have learned that there will be times of connection and joy and there will be times when I wobble and fall. Thank goodness life is not stagnant. Thank goodness life allows for all of these pieces; allowing opportunities to soften our perspectives, and allowing chances to learn to value both the ebb and the flow.