Day 2 of Yoga Teacher Training…I didn’t think it would get THIS hard so soon. Har. Seriously, though, even though I am sooooo exhausted, physically and mentally, I don’t think I have ever felt this happy and fulfilled in what I am doing. And so even if my lower back hurts, my shoulders feel like they’re screaming at me, and my elbows are sore, my heart is so full of joy
Today in class we held Adho Mukha Svanasana for four full minutes (or so) and by golly…it was such a challenge. I did, however, take a few very important lessons from that exercise.
And so as I end day 2 of teacher training, let me share with you my reflections from the mat in that four minute downward facing dog:
1. Indeed, some things need to break in order to get better. While trying to deconstruct and re-construct my downward facing dog today, I was reminded of something I read in Sharon Gannon and David Life’s book, Jivamukti Yoga. They said “In general, taking things apart is easier than putting them back together — but you don’t really know how something works until you can put it back together”. I resonated with that today. And I guess it’s not just the pose, but life in general.
2. Complaining is just a waste of energy. I was okay when I shifted back into down dog earlier today, but when we were told we’d hold it for the next four minutes or so, I caught myself reacting immediately —a knee jerk reaction so to speak. Then when I complained it suddenly started to hurt and become uncomfortable. I guess it’s because I lost focus and wasted that bit with complaining right away without giving it a shot. Sometimes all you really need to do is just grit your teeth and carry on.
3. I can’t is not an option, I’ll try is a wonderful alternative. Now after trying, if you still can’t, then that’s perfectly fine, just as long as you try. ‘Nuff said.
4. All suffering ends. It may take time, it may not be fun, but it will.
One life lesson per minute spent on that Adho Mukha Svanasana. Time well spent, I’d like to think
Let’s see what tomorrow brings