The physical practice of yoga has given me an incredible amount of tools I use off my mat. This series is a place to share those! I'd love to hear about your stories too! #comments
"Flow, the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter." – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Practicing Vinyasa yoga is like writing in cursive. Each move connected to the next with a specific transition. Each transition intentionally connecting to each pose. It creates a flow and rhythm that expresses.
When this idea hit me I realized how many broken "cursive" practices I have. I often take myself out of flow by doing something like fixing my pants, or taking a drink of water instead of doing what I am doing. Do I actually need to pull up my pants or I am I actually dehydrated? No, not usually.
When I write I am constantly combing through what is written, to keep only the most essential of words. It is important to me to make the idea clear and connected. When I can do that with as little words as possible the impact is greater. Less is more.
Yoga is no different. When I can practice with less interruptions I can have flow. With flow, I can create impact on my body and on my mind.
"The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I see areas of my life where I allow myself to stop flow. I take myself out of the game because it's "to hard", I am "too tired", or I am afraid to fail. So I am practicing my cursive, on my mat, with pen and paper and in my life. I want connection in my life and that requires me to stretch to my limits, put in effort, be in the game, do the work and to stay in flow, more often than not.