Finding a Centre of Softness and Ease…

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This week’s classes have all been on the theme of finding centre. Yes, that means finding and then moving from our core. Exactly what we need to hold poses like plank and Navasana (boat). Even as we do something as everyday as stand in Tadasana (mountain), that strong centre connection simultaneously grounds us and lifts us.

But what if at our centre we are strong but tight? You know…that feeling of grasping and gripping at something we desperately want but can’t quite seem to get? And the more we grasp, the harder it is to do.  What if, instead of grasping, we were to allow? To soften our hold? To find ease even in the midst of a pose that challenges us? (Think forearm plank for…oh…10 breaths!)

Patanjali’s sutra 2.46 says, ‘Sthira sukham asanam.’ Or loosely translated:  Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body.

What if we were to soften and look for ease and relaxation even when our lives challenge us beyond all imagination?

I have one of those situations going on in my life at the moment. From the very beginning, I have been strong and determined. This week, I am changing my perception and my approach. I am looking for ease and relaxation in this situation. I’m not letting go of my strength…I will carry on. Just in a different way. Let’s see what happens.

In the meantime…enjoy your practice. Namaste….