Off The Mat - Grace

For this, our final week of June and our final week with the theme of "transition" we moved with the intention of linking together yoga postures on our mat. This idea that as one posture ends the next begins without pause. Similar to how as one exhale ends the inhale follows immediately, and vice versa. This connectedness creates a smooth and flowing practice. It lends itself to a slower and more mindful flow. One that is in unison with the breath.

As you step off of the mat and begin to take this idea into daily life it can manifest in many ways. As you finish events, activities, interactions, and obligations, as one chapter closes, can you begin to feel the shift towards the next? Can you take what you just experienced and learned and move intuitively with that towards wherever you're going? Can you rely on your breath to help you navigate through those shifts and changes?

Can you allow this mindset help ease the speed and suddenness with which things feel like they change? So you feel more like you're on a bike ride along rolling hills than a roller coaster? Can you use these ideas to keep yourself focused on the present and looking towards the future rather than staring behind you?

Can you find grace?



Off The Mat - Balance Through Transition

By their very nature, transitions are all about change. They are about movement from one place or task or activity to another. They are about the in between. Quite often, they are the opposite of stable.

But we can control how we move through transition. We can move haphazardly, throwing caution to the wind and mindlessly attempting to get from point A to point B. When we do this, we find ourselves easily distracted, taken off course, or taken away from our initial intention. Or we can move with care. We can plan to the best of our extent, we can be cognizant of the sensations we experience, and we can adjust our course of action based on those sensations. We can maintain a sense of mindfulness and control, even in these unstable feeling moments. We can find a sense of balance.

This week, on our mat we take this idea quite literally and play with moving in and out of balance postures. We focus on using our breath, our gaze, and our muscular activation to control, slow down, and gracefully move between postures.

When we take that idea off of our mat can we keep the same concepts at the forefront of our mind? Can we utilize the skills and tools that we inherently have (and that we continue to hone) to find that same sense of stability and balance in all of the “in betweens” and to note how this keeps us focused, on track, and calm?