When I first started practicing yoga 14 years ago, needless to say, my ego guided my practice. I forced my way into and out of every posture because I wanted to prove I could. If everyone else was doing i.e. “Pigeon Pose” I should be able to. This monkey won the prize, I torqued my knee, causing unnecessary injury.
Being an observer allows you the time to connect with your body and avoid injury.
If you have never taken a yoga class or if you are already a seasoned practitioner, I recommend taking an easy flow class where the flow is at a slower pace. Moving at a slower pace gives you time to feel more and respond appropriately to your body’s messages.
When you get a sense of what your body is trying to communicate, you have the knowledge to back off or modify a position that best meets your body’s physical structure. A good instructor can assist you in making the proper adjustments.
Practicing observation will allow you to respect and honor your body’s unique design.
Don’t be a Monkey. Be yourself!
This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the circle of life. I was invited by a volunteer for the Turtle Patrol Coastal Wildlife Club to watch a mother give birth to a clutch of 75 -150 eggs. Manasota Key is a nesting ground for the Loggerhead Sea turtles.
From eggs, to hatchlings, to adults their lives are in danger of becoming extinct. The club helps to preserve their existence by making the public aware of their nesting sites.
By having this opportunity to witness such a miracle I was reminded just how precious life is.
My grandmother passed away this week. Our family was planning a birthday party in November to celebrate her 100th birthday. Upon her passing she gave me a gift. My daughter called me for the first time in 8 years, and we had a long and meaningful conversation.
Whether we live a moment, a week, a month, or 100 years; our life is always in danger of becoming extinct.
Take time to love and honor the miracle of your life, you are not guaranteed how long your circle will last.
“It’s the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through love and faith”