Photo by Marianne Broadaway
Today is my day off. Marianne and I decided to take some more yoga photos to see where my physical practice has taken me over the last year. I have 15 days left so I will show the pictures throughout those days. Overall, there is a very slight change in a lot of the practice. I have been introduced to some new postures that I could not do back in August 2012. Everything is still moving in a positive direction. Yoga is however a lifetime practice. Even after a year of practice there are some postures where I have not even began to scratch the surface.
If I look at both the pictures above there are areas where I can improve on my posture. I love this about yoga, because there will never be an ending point. There is a point where you try to push yourself further, and perhaps you end up loosing some of the proper alignment in the posture. My knee in the July 2013 picture is a little too far past my ankle. An easy fix is to back off on my right hand that is flat on the ground.
There are several postures where I am in between going deeper and loosing the proper position in the posture. This is a tough thing for me. There is the part of me that automatically wants to push myself to go further. The other side is probably the more healthy and safer way to be. Let yourself fall into the posture over time. There should be no rush. This more then likely will result in less injuries if you do not push yourself.
While no teacher will ever tell you to go into a posture improperly, I have heard both sides of whether or not to push yourself into the posture or let time put you in the posture. This debate is both on and off the mat. Do we constantly push ourselves day in and day out, or do we wait until the world falls into alignment with the knowledge that we are heading in the right direction. For me I think I am a little of both. Some days I need to push myself while others a surrender and let life just happen. I am still not completely sure, but part of me thinks I should focus more on surrendering to the world, and learn to be with it as it takes me on my journey.
What are your thoughts on all of this? Send me an email or leave a comment.