IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

IndiGlow - The Ordinary Illuminated

Observing what "is"

Thursday, January 03, 2013
...is what Yoga "is."  Well, that doesn't fully sum it all up...or does it?

I was listening to a Richard Freeman (pictured above) talk today as I headed to our hot yoga studio to do my practice.  Today I didn't attend a guided class, but I was practicing in the same room as my husband.  I wasn't practicing with him, but there have been days in the past when I have been very tempted to do his yoga practice.  He is an advanced practitioner, so it can be tough at times to let go of my grasping to do what he does (check out our photo gallery to see for yourself!)

Today was different.  While I've listened to this particular 'Studio Talk' by Richard countless times before, there was a line that struck me as I pulled into the lot.  While I'm not quoting verbatim, he said that the practice of yoga is essentially the "observation of what is."  Now, I should also mention that I fell and hurt my arm last week, and so I was nervous to launch into a gazillion sun salutations (specifically Upward Facing Dog (known in Sanskrit as Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.)  

Richards words shifted something, making my practice slow and skillful today.  I spent a lot of time patiently observing the sensations in my wrist, forearms, and I was surprised to discover pain deep in my shoulder joint & beneath the scapula on the right side.  I moved through a sequence of postures that opened the shoulder and provided a deep, therapeutic stretch & release.  Updog wasn't comfortable, so I didn't push through them (as I am sometimes wont to do.)  As I moved in and out of each posture I found myself practicing keen awareness and the attachment to having a vigorous practice melted away.

The discomfort is still there, but there was a great release and relief from the practice of observation of what "is" along with the acceptance of what "is."  And, I'm happy to report I didn't notice my husbands practice at all today (well, almost...he IS pretty awesome to 'observe!')

Namaste,
IndigoGrrl   



Recent Posts


Tags

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Upward Facing Dog Grace of God Buildings and Bridges Liberation Disapproving Cat Courage Wisdom Diagnosis Peace Honesty Steel and Stone Chronic pain Cancer purnam Birth Einstein Introspection Awareness Nature Subtle Energy YouTube Divinity Organic Body Suit Natural Childbirth Roseanna Cash Unity Wild Horses Expire True Self Goddess Being Human Energy Heart Truth 5 Principles of Reiki Aversion changes Running Just for Today Resolutions Ken Wilbur Breathing Swadhyaha Sensory Processing Disorders Christmas Programs Out of Range meditation Attachment Reiki 504 "I am not my body" Acceptance The Universe Keen Awareness radiance, yoga Be Love Hatha IndigoGrrl Birthing Wizard of Oz Chronic Depression Practice Equanimity Yoga Sutras Creative Source Moms Ani DiFranco chaos hurricane Leslie Kaminoff Shelf-life Stroke Change Richard Freeman Creation Yin and Yang Righteous Babe Gratitude YTT Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah Fabulous Non-reactiveness Tapah Purusha Pull and Push Babies Apathy Drug-free Birthing Patanjali Consciousness Grief Full Wolf Moon Pain Mindfulness Namaste Kriya Yoga Thorns Dr Usui Human Existence Sensory Issues Hot Yoga We Are One Prakriti Mama Suffering Goals Loving-kindness the Mind Satchidananda Whole Health Compassion Observation God Carole King Inner-light of Awareness Universal Love Integrity Transformation Flexibility Yoga Discernment Roses Prenatal Yoga Personal Love Diabetes High Functioning Autism Self-control Running Wild Light Sacred Breathe Cardio Surrender Lifestyle Changes Political Kindness Yoga Journal aging Weight loss Human Nature Isvara Pranidhana Essence Flawed Unconditional Love Intentions School Agers Priorities Birth Story

Archive