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In 2006, Rodney and I had the privilege of taking a few classes with Mr. Iyengar. When it came time for headstand, I informed the yoga master that I didn’t do them—I have a seizure disorder, and I always felt it was aggravated by headstands. He told me, in no uncertain terms, to stand on my head now! And I did. I stayed up, and only came down when he said it was time.
By then, the rest of the class had moved on to supta virasana, and, trying to be a good student, I came down from headstand and sat right up to join them. That’s the point at which he slapped my back and said, “That is your problem, not headstand: You transition too quickly and mindlessly. I am sure that you do this in your life as well. You never let anything settle in.” Wow, what an acute teaching for a chronic issue!
"You never let anything settle in." Hmm. This seems to strike a cord as well. It's not that I do not want things to settle in, but I can say from my experience that whenever I'm not fully present that things don't sink in. Fear of failure leads me to believe I must do a million things at once in order to compete. Then I'm only doing them with half attention and that's really when the failure starts. There has to be a moment of overcoming doubt before we can really embrace whatever it is life presents us. I have come to find that transitioning with grace and ease is about releasing attachment to what was or what could be and embracing what is. Collen went on to say in her article:
The maha transitions can be anything from marriage, to divorce, to menopause, to losing a loved one, to children leaving the house, to retirement, to becoming a mother and then a grandmother, to our own death. The list goes on. How can we transition with grace? How can we dwell mindfully in the residue? How can we use the in-between times to focus on our breath? How can we show up for our life instead of just speeding through it?
Have any ideas of how you plan to work on transitioning with ease? Comment below.
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