In terms of the physical practice of yoga, or asanas, I have found (to my surprise) that in order to delve deeper into my understanding I must pull myself out of poses. Yoga is not all about being the most flexible person in the room, it’s about aligning your body in a way that serves to aid all biological functions and promote calmness of the mind. I have always been very bendy and pushed myself in poses to achieve what I thought were perfect angles based on my egotistical perspective. I now realize that I need to step back from trying to make the pose look pretty and focus on how my body feels. I can bend my knees sometimes or use a block for support, shame-free. From this approach I am able to maximize the benefits of my practice and allow energy to flow smoothly through my whole body.
In case you’re wondering how I am financially managing to live out here after taking more than 2 months off work and doing an incredible cross-country road trip.. I’m not. I pick up gigs wherever I can – Today for instance I helped a local farmer prepare hot peppers for fermentation. It’s a really exciting lifestyle and I love meeting new people everyday. The key is to not let your worries overwhelm you, thoughts like ‘what if I can’t find a job? .. or how will I pay my bills?’ are not helpful and will certainly not let you fully enjoy the pleasure of being unemployed temporarily. I will join the working world again before November, unless something better comes along 😉