No one really tells you when you first start practicing yoga asana that the poses one day are going to become familiar, comfortable, and almost second nature. Like receiving an inhale, or coming home at the end of a long day, or listening to a favorite song- what once seemed mysterious and new evolves into something consistent and quite common.
Our challenge or, better yet, our responsibility as yoga practitioners becomes remaining interested within the consistencies. Learning to understand the parameters of the practice and poses. Setting ourselves up with healthy yet vast boundaries. Seeking comfort inside our spirits rather than in a new place or person or even posture. With a steadiness at hand, we are given a unique opportunity to see the same landscapes but with different eyes.
It’s no secret that the asanas we practice have been around for a whole lot longer than any of us and remain some of our greatest teachers. We learn to stand not complacently but with emphasis on the little things- our pinky toes, our kneecaps, the angle of our pelvis, the drop of our shoulders, the heightening through our crowns. We identify stillness not with boredom but with homeliness- our skin becomes our supportive walls, our minds our giant living room entertaining all sorts of guests, our hearts our burning fire place willing to light up any room within.
No one tells you when you first start practicing yoga that one day the practice that has shaken up your life may appear mundane or monotonous. It becomes our own task to alter our perceptions. We must continue to take child’s pose for the thousandth time, stand in Tadasana and discover another layer, move really slow from posture to posture so subtlies can be divulged. The responsibility is our own to interrupt what may seem rather ordinary and return to our inherent knowing that it’s all quite extraordinary.
“We must train ourselves to be in awe of the subtle, and we will forever live in a world of beauty and ease.” –Rodney Yee