Just Play Around
Today’s lesson is quick and to-the-point. Some days we’re just off.
Maybe you are just tired of the same old flows. Maybe you are becoming frustrated with your yoga progress. Or maybe you’d rather just nama’stay in bed. Whatever it is, I can tell you that we have all been in that position and mindset.
Today I went to the gym to practice my handstands. It was just your average, rainy (oftentimes mentally-draining) Monday and I was feeling a bit low on energy. My balance was all over the place so I made my way over to the wall to practice with more support. That is when my impatience started to boil over. After all, I have been practicing handstands daily now for 8 months and even though I do see results, I am nowhere close to where I’d like to be…yet.
I know, I know. Yogis are supposed to be serene and blissful. Newflash! We’re all only human and it’s perfectly normal to feel negative emotions. But that’s no excuse to let our emotions take control and bend us out of shape mentally rather than physically. Like my om boy, Buddha, once said, “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
I took a step back and decided that I was being way too serious and strict about this handstand journey. I simply needed to lighten up! So naturally, I started dancing on my hands. I shimmied with my booty and salsa stepped my way through the air (or at least tried to).
Viola! I was holding my handstands longer than any other day, I was laughing AND I was having a blast. A good hour went by and it didn’t ever feel like work. It was simple, playful, sweaty fun.
How do you get out of a funk when your practice gets boring?