Despite all the beautiful weather we’ve had in San Francisco lately, my yoga practice has been inspired water. Maybe the heat is drawing me to create a playlist for a rainy day. Read on for the playlist and how to bring the fluidity and power of yoga into your practice.
Invite water into your practice
As you move, imagine water flowing between rocks in a creek. Give the movements between the poses as much attention as the poses themselves.
Try turning your usual practice on its head: rather than taking a breath to move into a pose and holding it for five breaths, try taking five breaths to get to the pose and holding it for a breath. I think you’ll be surprised at how hard it is! By moving slowly, you’ll discover small pockets of weakness and tension you’ve probably never found before.
But that’s the power of water, isn’t it?
It’s seemingly calm as it flows between rocks and over stone, but over time it erodes whatever it runs over and creates its shape. In our yoga practice, how we get into and out of the poses ultimately shape the pose and our bodies. By moving more slowly and fluidly, we can discover grooves we have created in our practice and in our bodies and begin to change them.
Our choices in transitions can either mask weaknesses or create strength.
So too in life it’s those small daily decisions, actions, or thoughts that shape the outcome.
The process of achieving the goal is just as important as the goal itself. Whether it’s a fitness or a life goal, if we don’t focus on the process, the outcome can be compromised. Taking shortcuts of any kind generally doesn’t feel as rewarding.
This week, pay attention to the process and see if you’re on autopilot in certain areas of your life. Does this mask a weakness, imbalance, or something you’ve been avoiding?
I hope you enjoy the playlist I created. If you like it, share it with your friends using the social share buttons below.
In the comments, let me know any discoveries you made by inviting the power of water into your practice.