Your body, for life
Relationships can deepen over time. It's true about our body too.
It's easy to think things that get in the way of connecting deeper with our body:
- It's easy to take the body for granted. Until something changes, as it surely will. Illness, aches and pains, issues with weight, changes in function, and loss altogether.
- It is easy to think that you know your body. The body is incredibly complex and dynamic. Bigger than current research can map. Plenty of room for awe.
- It's easy to give up on the body, feel betrayed by it, give the body an ultimatum - change or else, do this or else.
- It's easy to believe this myth about aging: that as we age we get more alike, resemble each other more. Really, as we mature we express the little and big choices we've made along the way. Some of us ripen on the vine, like a sweet melon. Others of us on the vine get hard and sour, never quite ripening.
Other things take time to learn about the body:
- The body responds to attentive care. Even if we've been pushing it around like an old wheelbarrow, we can get curious about how to support the body and be curious about the living masterpiece of an organism that it is.
- Little choices in a healthy direction can really add up. Over time they might be one of the best ways to thank our body for being our life companion.
One of my guiding discoveries of late is how much I benefit from sealing up energy leaks - habits that take instead of give energy - and growing behaviors that help this body/brain. Some of the little things that would be easy to feel annoyed about having to do. Like, do I have to use a Waterpik after breakfast? No, but when I do, my twice yearly teeth cleaning goes much better.
When I drop the "have to" and replace it with "get to" it sounds like this. I get to wake up today. I get to live in a home with a roof over my head. I get to have a body that works well on many levels. I get to help my body work well. I get to: take walks, eat food that is really nourishing, wear soft wool sweaters that keep me warm. I get to take deep breaths when I feel stressed. I get to do yoga.
The "get to" choices I make - 1% here, 1% there - start to add up. It's easier to get to 5% than it might seem. By 5% you start to notice things - your body bounces back a little more easily, you have a little more energy, your mood is a little lighter, your thinking is a little clearer. There's more of a feeling like you deserve your own care and attention. You get a new cycle going of being an attentive steward to your own body.
Why yoga? For me....
Losses as a child, teen and maturing adult, rocked my world. Now I recognize gifts that those experiences gradually led me to receive.
- Yoga has given me practices for coming into relationship with the extraordinary potential of one human life, this one.
- Yoga is one of the best tools I know for continuing to develop a conscious relationship with my body.
- Yoga is a way back to my body, again and again. How does it want to move now? What needs attention? What have I been avoiding? Like any relationship I get to nurture myself and benefit from how my body responds.
Why practice yoga with me?
- Slow down and make conscious choices about how you move.
- Learn how movement impacts your body, your aches and pains, your imbalances - where there's a need for more stability or more flexibility. How far to explore a movement, when to back off. How you're breathing. What's happening in the mind, in the emotions.
- Small group classes = personal attention. It's almost impossible to see our own blind spots. In small group classes I reflect to you, how your body moves. You get new insights. You explore adaptive, gentle and strong new ways to move, to wake up yourbody and brain.
- Competitive prices
- Well-trained: beginning in 1976, I was in residence at Kripalu Center. During my nearly 20-year staff and residency, I developed personal practices of yoga, personal development, meditation and service. Since 1995, I've certified in therapeutics and have hundreds of hours of continuing education, teaching hours including privately.
The next small group yoga series starts Tuesday, Apr. 25th. I hope to see you! Be in touch for details.
From an article on his website, Dr. Mercola writes, "Yoga can be viewed as a form of moving meditation that demands your full attention as you gently shift your body from one asana (yoga position) to another.
As you learn new ways of moving and responding to your body, your mind and emotions may shift and change as well. In a sense, you not only become more physically flexible, but your mental outlook and approach to life may gain some needed flexibility as well."
As much as you or I may think we know about our bodies, there's new information coming in all the time! It's worth developing a beginner's mind approach to this body that we live in. Like learning to listen better to a good friend, or noticing what your cat needs when she's not eating her food.
Yoga and conscious relating with your body are gifts worth giving yourself.