Back That Asana Up!

I am about a month into my yoga teacher training through Axis Yoga in Denver and I couldn’t be more in love with the whole experience. Prior to enrolling in yoga school I practiced regularly, mostly on my own, and worked on developing my understanding of yogic theory through research. I have always been fascinated by the seemingly abstract concepts presented by yoga and how they project as a lens through which to view the world, an entire lifestyle in itself. This deep exploration into yoga has evolved into a thorough examination of who I am at the most fundamental level of my being. Who am I under all the layers of past experiences and preconceived judgments? I don’t anticipate finding an answer to this anytime soon, nor do I want to. The journey to self discovery is way too much fun to rush through. The following Deepak Chopra quote beautifully sheds light on the topic of finding your true, innermost self:

“You must learn to get in touch with the innermost essence of your being. This true essence is beyond the ego. It is fearless; It is free; It is immune to criticism; It does not fear any challenge. It is beneath no one, superior to no one, and full of magic, mystery, and enchantment.”

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 😉

#yoga #yogini #adventurevibes #wanderlust #certifiedyogi #lifeisgood #explore #beautifulworld #namaste #mountainbabes #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #livehappy 

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