jala

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on jala

jala

Tonight is my class class at Seven Seeds Studio in Leslieville.  I moved back to the city two years ago, intimidated by the overwhelming number of yoga instructors, the seemingly infinite number of studios, but things unfolded as they tend to do and soon I met Sheila and began to wrap myself in the lovely community she had established.  I am so grateful for being brought on board, for being given a home to continue building my practice and teaching style.  For those of you who never got out to the studio, you missed out on an opportunity to move in complete alignment with the true nature of yoga.  No pretenses, just breath and spirit and intention.

This weekend we are moving as a community to Spirit Loft studio, another beautiful space just a few doors down on Carlaw.  Again, I feel privileged to be part of something filled with so much heart.  I look forward to carving out a nook for myself in the folds.  But change can be a difficult thing.  If you’re a yoga teacher, maybe you know what I mean, but it takes a while to find your mojo in a new space.  There’s a new energy, new student bodies, new orientation.  It reminds me of the first day of school, the nervousness that lies in the unknown.  Even when I was teaching high school I felt this; my anxieties were always at their peak just before I walked into the new room, stood in front of the new students.  When we give the unknown too much power, it has the ability to shake foundations.

This transition won’t be easy for everyone.  I’m sure some students who have seen Seven Seeds as their second home for years will be sad to see it go.  Change happens- it’s what you choose to do with it that determines the outcome.  The other day I read such a great piece from a fellow blogger about change, and he said the most astute thing I’d ever read about it:  “Gone is always coming.”  We are fooling ourselves if we believe that there is any real stasis in the world.  The ending is written at the beginning.  You can choose to fight it, to resist and complain and ache and whinge.  You can put your foot down in the current with all of the anger and authority you can muster, but you can’t stop the current.  You only make mud in the otherwise clear waters.  I believe that one of the key factors in contentedness is the ability to flow with flux.  For those of us who seek to control every aspect of our being, change is destabilizing and scary.  I know this from experience.  But something has shifted for me in the last few years as I’ve begun to take the teachings from my practice off of the mat.  When you stop resisting, you find more freedom- in both our bodies and our lives.  Stasis is where the cobwebs build- each passing day spent stuck in a rut, in an old pattern is collecting webs that make movement more difficult.  This is why we need to do some kind of practice every day.  This, too, is why we must flex our abilities to go with the flow.  When we say no too many times, the yes is like an insurmountable climb.

Again, I’m inspired by the lessons of surfing.  The only way you can move beyond the break is to face the waves, to use your power not to fight but to meet each mountain head on.  On the other side is the calm.  Tonight’s flow will be inspired by jala, or water.  Let go of your attachment to control/order, to stasis, and instead embrace the flux as we flow together in fluid forms.

 

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