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Christmas Tree Pose

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Warrior

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To fight is to surrender
To one’s fear and pride
And step onto the battlefield
Well knowing that it might

Bring either victory and wisdom
Or scatter loss and pain
So much to loose
Such wealth to gain

It’s to stand strong
Be still and breath
Exist in the moment
And feel the earth underneath

To move with the wind
Heart light as a leaf
To ground like a rock
To believe

She’s steady and kind
Both supple and fierce
And the voice of her heart
Is all that she hears

To fight is to surrender
To the deepest of one’s soul
The warrior seeks stillness
Though the battle
Makes her whole

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Ujjayi and frustrations

It’s all aum and ujjayi breath until
you can’t possibly
get into that easy looking pose you hoped to do so swiftly.

Yep. That’s me in my least professional moments of yoga.
Despite all the inner peace aspirations and focus and aums and ujjayi breathing… Sometimes I just can’t help but smile at myself for loosing all grounding when said moment comes.

In my case, I’ve been doing yoga since three years, practising 6 hours a week for the last couple of months now, and I’ve seen mayor improvements. Like many people, I started taking classes for physical reasons and never imagined that the mind would benefit even more than the body. I have learned and changed so much from embracing yoga, that I simply can’t imagine my life or spirit to go without it. And yet there is this one pose that always leaves me feeling unable and discouraged, because it’s supposed to be so simple and looks so easy: Virasana or Hero pose.

I’m aware of a fracture in my hips and know that this is the reason why my legs probably won’t ever to turn that way, but accepting this boundary as something permanent, non improvable, hurts my pride and it will surely take many many more hours of yoga to get over that.

So today, while I sat on my mat in frustration, I thought of the above quote.
What I want to share in this post, apart from a touch of humour, is that it’s fine to have flaws. That it’s fine to be imperfect no matter how hard you work on perfection. And that what’s easy for one person, can be extremely difficult for another. So don’t judge. Don’t judge others, don’t judge yourself. Breath in, find the ujjayi, surrender the mind to the heart and namaste.


Also let me take this moment to share one of my favourite versions of mantra songs with you.

I hope you’ll like it and, as always, share your thoughts!