“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” I found this quote by Dr. Maya Angelou quite relevant for those of us who have chosen to practice yoga.
There is a certain sense of effortlessness and ease for which we are continually striving, both on and off the mat. Some days it seems impossible, other days, the balance and flow happen so naturally that we might not believe our own bodies.
As a student of yoga, I believe that the root of a strong practice is to give ourselves ample opportunity to "touch balance" or "touch strength". I say "touching" because, regardless of our experience with yoga, it is something we can always work on. Think about an asana that you might have a challenging relationship with, or perhaps one that's new to you. Imagine what small steps you could take to get closer to knowing that asana.
By "knowing", I mean understanding how that yoga asana sits in your unique body. These are the opportunities that we can seek as students, to begin to understand how yoga works in and on our bodies. Isn't this the type of practice that we want? One which allows us to feel more connected to ourselves?
Yoga is very much a personal practice, as each of us comes in with our individualized goals and experiences. The reason we practice together is to create the space for ourselves and one other to move forward on our own paths. We come together to 'touch balance' or 'touch strength' and start to enjoy these small changes that take place over time.
So, yes, the wings are certainly something to celebrate, but it's all those sweet, surprising changes and challenges along the way that make the wings as glorious as they appear.
Yours in Wellness,