What happens when you hit a wall in yoga? What happens when you hit a wall at work, or in whatever you’re training to do? A few substantial challenges can come up, and it’s all the same whether talking about yoga or anything. One big one might be: you’re supposed to be good at yoga! And you’re strong!! And young!!! So the focus gets very much on the challenges. And you’re seeing the problems, but it’s tough from here to back off and fix the problems, without attacking the challenge head-on.
What’s needed isn’t a head-on attack.
And it’s not solving the end-point of this challenge.
At least not yet.
It’s seeing that the challenge begins somewhere else. It’s not really the handstand or arm balance or 4 minute mile where this disconnection begins – the three parts of your body not talking well to each other, for example. The thing is, these parts are really not ever working so well together. And the toughest part is working on that when you’re in the midst of a young strong capable body, that is supposed to be good at what you’re doing.
Which is why next week in our Advanced Leadership Training we’ll be getting well out of the familiar yoga vocabulary, into a bit more of our everyday human vocabulary, and a whole lot of the taiji vocabulary – because this takes us to a place where we’re not supposed to be good. Which is a huge relief!
We don’t need to be an expert all the time.
We don’t need to think or perform. We can just learn.
Even when we are really good at something,
we can just keep learning.
We can see once again, in very simple ways, how we’re carrying tension, disconnecting or isolating, using one part of us more than another, coming out of balance, or many other ways we get blocked and in our own way.
So you can do this wherever you are. Forget about whatever form you’re working on, and go back to the basics. Take an interest in the most simple of all your movements, when you’re not so challenged. When you’re on your feet. Take your time. And get into a martial-arts mindset for a moment: repeat everything hundreds of times to figure it out, and refine to something really good.
Put it all together here, and you’ll have it all together everywhere.
– by Mike
About Strala Yoga Training
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.
It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.
In our Strala Yoga Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.