Edge

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Here’s the thought I have been sharing with yoga classes this week (including the filming of a yoga class that we did on Saturday for the Prana Fitness website–stay tuned– will be uploaded soon!). A fresh twist on an old post and fav book excerpt.

Opportunities for transformation lie at a place called the edge. “The edge is where we come right up against ourselves and what we can do and be.  It is the boundary between where we are and where we grow, the place of comfortable discomfort, where all growing and healing happens.  The edge is the point in every pose when you are still within your capacities but are challenging yourself to go just a little bit further.  Stepping up to this edge and daring to leap is how you break through and thus break with old ways of being…It is only when we are tired and ready to come out of [a yoga pose] that the pose really begins for us.  You come up against fatigue, resistance, fear- all kinds of head trips.  Your instinct may be to flee … But that is precisely when you have the chance for a breakthrough.  That is the edge.  The moment of truth, when you can transcend your boundaries and grow.  You know you are on your way when you feel resistance… welling up in you.  It is so powerful when you really start to get that and begin to view those moments as opportunities for growth rather than signals to quit.  These moments are precisely what develop strength and serenity… Playing your edge in yoga doesn’t always mean ‘going for it,’ or pushing yourself to do something that overwhelms you. That’s ego stuff and it can lead to injury.  We’re talking about peeling away your layers like the layers of an onion, not ripping them off through force.”   -Baron Baptiste

Everything that we do on our yoga mat is a mini version of our lives/world off our yoga mat.  What if we took the things in our lives that make us want to flee, and we instead chose to look at them different, to see them with eyes of opportunity, to see them and moments of change to realize our strength and serenity?  We have fathoms of strength and serenity, an infinitely deep well inside of us, and it’s when we play our edge on everything we do, that’s when we realize a little bit more of those depths.  See the scary things in our lives as opportunities for growth rather than signals to quit.  Take back the power you were born with.  Be as infinitely strong as you really are.

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