To find the balance between between being engaged while being at ease has been the focus of my classes this week. On the mat this might seem easy but as one moves through a practice being in a pose breathing, is when the mind may find it a challenge to be at ease. I don't mean that the body (or the mind) is not being challenged but can we be at ease knowing that we don't know how long we will be there?
This is frequently similar to our lives off the mat. I know in my life there are daily challenges where I may not want to be engaged so in turn I am not at ease. My jaw gets tight as do my shoulders, my breath becomes short & shallow clear indications I am not at ease. This is my body's stress response so the challenge is to find how I can be engaged while my body and mind are also at ease?
"Free yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."
- Bob Marley
I am a DC based yoga teacher, wife, mother of two kids and three animals who is using yoga both on and off the mat to find balance.