So much of yoga is about finding happiness and contentment where you are, that’s why I love it so much. So many of us are constantly rushing around here and there, striving for more, trying so hard to be better, faster, stronger. But rarely do we take the time to accept, love, and appreciate where we are right now. And appreciation of the present moment can actually help us when we finally do level up!
For example, Bird of Paradise is one of the more advanced yoga postures. You start in Warrior II, move to Extended Side Angle, advance to a Bound Extended Side Angle, bring the back foot forward for Bound Standing Forward Bend, lift the bound leg, and finally extend the bound leg for the fullest expression of Bird of Paradise.
If you try to go directly into Bird of Paradise, you’ll fall over. You have to slowly build core strength, balance, and flexibility before you can get there. How do you do that? By focusing on all the previous poses.
If all you’re trying to do is get that perfect yoga pose, that shape, you’ll miss out on all that posture has to offer! Not to mention that each and every day is different along with all of our different body types and necessities. Your Bird of Paradise might not look like your neighbors and that’s ok! It’s great, even!
One day, you might be a little more sore, or tight, so you may not make it to Bird of Paradise. There’s no shame in that! And the point of yoga is to remain content no matter what, right? Maybe you only make it to Warrior II and that’s as far as you go. If you listen to your body and do a wonderful Warrior II posture, there’s nothing to be upset about. You met yourself where you were, and that’s a wonderful thing to do.
Getting to Bird of Paradise is a wonderful accomplishment, but it also makes you appreciate the ease of Warrior II. However, if you already appreciate the posture before it becomes easy, it makes getting to Bird of Paradise that much better and you can appreciate each and every step to getting there that much more. The same can be said about everything else in life, as well.
At work, we’re always trying to level up, position ourselves just right to get that promotion or a raise. At the gym, we try to level up, gain more muscle, lose more weight, add more pounds to the bar. We even try to do it in relationships, get better and closer to eventually achieve marriage, kids, and the white picket fence.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with wanting more or trying to better ourselves, it’s always great to have a goal, even in yoga! But if we’re always trying to level up, there’s no time to appreciate where we’re at right now.
If all you’re trying to do is get married and have babies, you’ll probably end up missing the dating days when things were easier and more carefree. Meet yourself where you are and really appreciate every step of this journey. ❤ Have a great weekend everyone!