I was in Asana clinic practicing downward facing dog. Karen was making adjustments. When she approached me, she noted my ribs were sticking out and my back was curving in. I was collapsing. She recommended I pull my naval and ribs inward and push my tail further back. As I did this, my body fell in to alignment. I felt an energetic connection surge through me. I took a deep breath in and slowly exhaled. It was in this moment I had a new awareness of Yoga and myself.
Prior to all of this, I’d only been consistently doing yoga for about a year. I have to admit that as a novice yogi, class can be a bit confusing. The foreign pose names and complex body arrangements alone can leave one baffled and struggling to keep up. Also, when I finally do get in to the pose, my mind does not focus blissfully on energetic connections. Rather, it choses to focus instead on personal stressors and how weak I think I am. This makes me want to get out of the pose and take rest.
I wonder if thoughts of personal stressors and one’s own inadequacy could lead to collapsing in yoga? If this is true, then couldn’t we argue that our thoughts are to blame for personal collapses both on and off the yoga mat? After all, we are what we think we are….
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