Plenty of times I’ve found myself on my yoga mat, pushing through, trying to keep up to be in sync with the class. I push on when I need to rest. I change postures when my body desires a few more breaths in stillness.
In my yoga class at Hanuman festival with Saul David Raye, he kept saying to practice at 70%. I loved this as it gave me permission to authentically practice at my pace. He said, “When you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too far. Too much is too much.”
What a beautiful reminder. When we’ve had too much of something, we’ve had too much.
What’s possible when we allow ourselves permission to tread the edge of openness, and to simultaneously honor our limits?
How often do we feel the need to keep up, to race to the finish, to give our all, when perhaps holding some within is more called for, more appropriate?
My yoga practice feels the most full & rich when I am practicing Bhakti Yoga, when I am using my breath and postures to offer up devotion to the Divine. When my intention is to allow my heart to open & flourish, there is no need for struggle, effort, or a forceful drive.
In giving ourselves permission to practice at 70%, we give ourselves permission to check in with our internal rhythm and honor where we are, authentically, not in comparison to where others are, or where we think we should be.
In allowing ourselves to hold back a little, to conserve, we give ourselves permission to have our energy, and to honor it. As such, our practice becomes one of true devotion to the Divine that we may perceive to be without, but also to the Divine within. We can authentically be devoted to spirit, but also to where we are on our spiritual path, and what feels good in our bodies, instead of expelling our energy, leaving us perhaps more depleted than when we started.
There is nothing like yoga to bring us home to our bodies, our breath, and our spirit. In our practices, we open up spaces inside that have been tight, we bring expansiveness to contraction, we allow breath to enter new spaces.
What could be better than that, except, perhaps, for yoga with permission to practice at 70%? That, my fellow devotees, allows us the grace to honor what’s so for us.
Saul David Raye also said, “It always begins with us, we are the world, the world is in us.”
What’s possible if we begin to allow for space, for truth, for honoring of ourselves, and going with our own flow? If we are no longer attempting to push, to keep up, or to look good, we begin to create the invitation for others, to join in authentically, to honor self, and that extends to honoring other.
Join me in creating a more peaceful, gentle world, that says it’s okay to slow down. What would that make possible?
Don’t Miss Gabriela Bozic’s Bhakti Yoga: The Power of Love, a workshop on September 20th at Yoga Tree Castro. And, on the same evening Jai Uttal will be at Yoga Tree Corte Madera to connect you to your heart through Kirtan.
Rachel Claire is an entrepreneur, teacher, clairvoyant, and coach. Her deepest passion is helping her clients heal so they can attract the life they were born to live, free of the judgments of self and other, and of the limiting thoughts and beliefs that have stood in the way.
She guides her clients to seeing their deepest truth, and how they can give their gifts to a world that desperately needs them. The end result is the manifestation of the love, connection, and career her clients most deeply desire. She helps them discover and walk their sacred path through life. Learn more about Rachel at www.theboulderpsychic.com