"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou
Think of a bad day. Your alarm doesn’t go off. You can’t find your keys. You hit traffic on the way to work and it makes you 20 minutes late. Then to top it all off, it starts to rain. Maybe tomorrow you would make a note to set more than one alarm, have your keys in an obvious spot, leave early for your commute and bring an umbrella, just in case. But today, on a bad day, there’s nothing you can change. So why not let it go? Smile anyway and make the rest of the day better.
Yoga teaches us that nothing is permanent.
Yes, Ardha Kapotasana (Half Pigeon) can be an intense hip opener. It’s not easy. Even to say it, the name doesn’t just slip off the tongue without some practice. But sit with the pose, any pose that may cause some discomfort. Focus on your breath and realize that it is not going to last forever. Eventually your instructor will tell you to (gently) walk your fingers in to either side of your hips, readjust and move into the next pose. At some point you will be able to do a more advanced variation. Your body will change. Life will change.
In a vinyasa sequence, movement is all about its fluidity. For every breath, there is a connected—synchronized—movement. Couldn’t this act as a guide to a lifestyle? It’s worth a thought. What if, in line with your yoga practice, you took each moment, every day, one at a time? You don’t have enough time to think about the last pose or the next pose, yesterday or tomorrow. Just today. Just the current moment.
If you want change, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
I’ve had to learn to accept and eventually like change (I’m a Taurus, so it wasn’t the easiest feat).
Changing used to mean that I had to admit failure. If I was setting a new course, it meant that I had miscalculated the last one. And I was always so convinced that I could salvage that plan rather than consider something new. But in yoga, if you force a pose, if you get so focused on nailing headstand at a moment when you’re not ready and it isn’t working, you can cause an injury. Don’t be afraid to approach it another way: jumping into the pose may not be the best for you. Maybe this time you can engage your core and lift up. Maybe you accept that this time your body wants to stay in Dolphin.
Change is about connecting with yourself.
- What do you want? Need?
- What have you done to get there so far?
- What are you holding onto that may be holding you back?
- What can you do to make it work out better?
Just a few days into a new month, why not start making changes today? Right now, even. Whether it is something small or big, tangible or mental, set yourself up for success and then just ‘go with the flow’.
Rekara Gage is a Professional Writing student and a Registered Yoga Instructor. Through both yoga and writing, she loves exploring new avenues and facing challenges that allow her to push boundaries and think creatively. Passionate about the work she does, on and off the mat, she is always open to connecting with people, eager to continue learning and growing. With a voice and style of her own, she hopes that yoga helps to unlock her potential as she hones her literary skills and shares her experiences with others.