What I love about Ashtanga yoga is the emphasis on parampara, the passing of knowledge from teacher to student. Through a daily Mysore style practice, the Ashtanga yoga teacher learns your body and monitors your progress. When you are ready, the teacher will give you another asana to tack onto your practice. I love this because you never bite off more than you can chew. It allows you to grow because you are READY, not because you are RUSHING the process.
Last week, my teacher gave me three asanas to add to my practice. Back story -- I injured my right knee about two years ago, which has seriously affected my practice, both physically and mentally. This time around, I've been approaching the primary series with self-care and determination. It has really helped me out. A lot. So much so, that I've added on five asanas in the past week. This is major progress and I am so excited. Each asana is like an old friend welcoming me back and saying, "Hey, let's do this!"
While I was in Janusirsasana C, it occurred to me, "Don't compromise your foundation for progress." I cannot stress the importance of having a solid foundation -- in your yoga practice, in your career, and in your life.
The more I practice, the more hype I get. I want to take on the entire primary series. Right now. I know it's in me. I know I could do it. For a split second, I forget that the hype is what got me here in the first place -- not honoring my body, painfully pushing, and stretching so far past a healthy boundary that I hurt myself. It just simply isn't worth it. I have to remind myself that just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean that you should.
I have decided to place my faith in Guruji's famous saying, "Practice and all is coming." That applies to everything -- my yoga practice, my career, my life. I trust that the asanas will come and that when they do, my mind and my body will be ready. I trust in the concept of parampara.
I have decided that I am simply going to be brilliant with the basics --
- I will show up daily on my yoga mat.
- I will not judge what happens or compare it to yesterday or last year or five years ago.
- I will do the work -- with breath and compassion.
- I will take care of my body off the mat with healthy nourishment and rest.
- I will have faith in the process.
What about you? What journey are you on? What itch do you have to get ahead? Can you trust the process? Decide to be brilliant with the basics. I love the Bible verse that talks about building your house on solid rock. Houses built on solid rock don't crumble when the storm comes. They don't fold when the winds blow. It's like tree pose -- you ground down in your foundation, your faith, and your focus.
Focus on your foundation and all will come.
Your soul is rooting for you and so am I.