May 11th, 2011

#Practice 365 Golden Yogi Winner: Carrie Griffiths

I’m really trying to learn to listen to my body. In light of my ongoing hip issues, I forced myself to take a break. Two weeks later, the rest of me became restless and so I thought, maybe I just need to make some changes. At the suggestion of one of my teachers, I decided to take a restorative class. I’ll admit I was hesitant; certain that it would be too easy and I would be bored. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t and I wasn’t. In fact, I found it to be rather blissful. The pain in my hip actually made a couple poses somewhat challenging and a bit uncomfortable, and I had to pull back even more. But once I was settled into a pose, I sort of just drifted away. It was as though I’d been transported to a far away land and everything around me disappeared. It was great. I could have stayed there forever. And these feelings stayed with me as I subtly shifted from pose to pose, a slight smile glued to my face.
What a nice balance this is for my practice. In my regular vinyasa practice, I will often resolve to breathe in the moment and relax a little, only to find myself pushing harder and getting lost in the details of a challenging pose. It’s really difficult for me to take it easy, even when I know I need to. I know that there is more to yoga than a vigorous practice. I never thought that discovering the other facets of it all would start with a new class. I’ve begun going to restorative regularly, and I’m happy to say it’s now an important part of my yoga practice.

4 Response(s) to #Practice 365 Golden Yogi Winner: Carrie Griffiths

On May 13th, 2011 at 5:48 am, Dean Perry said:

It's nice to read from an experienced yogi that it's OK to back off at times. It us difficult to shake that "stronger, harder, faster" mentality at times but yoga certainly works best - I'm learning" when you let go and do what feels best and natural at the time - that's the challenge.

On May 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm, David Franklin said:

Great advice...

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