Welcome to my new series: Off the Mat. The physical practice of yoga has given me an incredible amount of tools I use off my mat. This series will be a place to share those! I'd love to hear about your stories too! #comments
“Just remember that doing anything that begins to shift the pattern and lessen the gravity of suffering or frustration is a breakthrough.”
― Baron Baptiste, Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice
I hurt my thumb somehow in August and I’ve been slowly nursing it back to health. Meaning I've been doing business as usual and complaining that my thumb hurt. It started feeling a little better but I lifted a few things and it got worse so I got a little brace, to restrict my movements. Because of this, I fell into a pattern, not practicing yoga. Not even rolling out my mat.
Over the last couple of months, I started to feel guilty and frustrated. I started thinking negativity about myself. Questioning if I was really cut out for a career of teaching yoga.
Then I got on my mat. Determined to practice. What I found is that right now my practice isn't about being fancy or doing advanced poses. It isn't even about getting through an hour. It IS about GETTING ON MY MAT, about shifting the pattern. It's about doing the thing that I want to do regardless of what is happening physically, mentally, or emotionally with me.
My practice off my mat is about rolling up my sleeves and giving 10 minutes to the things I want and I'm finding that after 10 minutes I often have energy for more. It's about setting a date, a meeting, a plan, crossing off a list. Because doing the work brings me results that avoiding it wasn't. Doing it gives me joy and vitality. That in it's self is the breakthrough I need right now.