Yoga: Going Further

There is a saying in yoga that you can always go further. Master a pose? Now try it while shifting the gaze or taking a bind (think arm wrap or twist). There is always a way to challenge yourself and go deeper into the practice. To be a student of yoga is to be committed to continued learning.

It surprises people when I share that sometimes the hardest part of a pose is the breath, the direction of my eyes, or the ability to move into balance. This morning’s yoga Zoom focused on Wild Thing, a heart-opening pose. The cue for going further was lifting the foot off the floor. In a photo, this probably doesn’t seem like a monumental change, but it requires way more focus to hold (and some muscle shaking).

A few attempts were made on this pose as I moved through the sequence, but don’t worry, there are some good outtakes in which I fell over. The failure is part of the process, too.

As you move through your day, and the weekend, carry the mantra within and apply it wherever it is needed: go further.

Practice and all is coming: Fallen Triangle Variation

I was stunned when I saw this photo- is that really me? With that crazy extension?!

I spent hundreds of hours on a yoga mat to get my head in precisely that position- yes, despite what the photo shows, the head placement was the hardest for me. I struggled many times in this pose- shaky muscles, falling out of balance. I just kept at it, kept trying, kept believing it would improve.

Today is a day for gratitude. I’m thankful for how far I’ve come. I’m excited for where I will go.

Namaste.