"Take this moment to set an intention for the rest of your practice"
If you have ever been to a yoga class this is a very important part of the beginning of each class. This is the time you have to reflect on yourself in a split second and decide what it really is that you need to use this practice for, not only on your mat, but in your life. Of course you came to work on your strength, flexibility, and breathing, but what is it that you need most in that very moment.
My go tos are freedom or acceptance, but as of late that has changed;
Being injured the last week or two my practice on my mat has taken a whole new form, much slower, steadier, and many more modifications. I am learning a lot more about my body just from listening and being present. I used to come to my mat to give it my all, go my furthest, but that not possible when you can hardly fold over your legs. I have to be patient with my poses and with my recovery, I learned the hard way that if I am not, it only gets worse. This is very hard for me, I am always trying to move forward and learn and go and I feel like I was pushed back 15 steps. Knowing that it is only temporary is what keeps me together and my breath steady and slow.
My yoga practice isn't the only thing calling for patience these day though. Raising a two year old takes a boat load of that as well. I know from experience, that most times patience is not the easiest and always the first response. Its much easier and takes much less time and thought to quickly react to a two year old screaming bloody murder because she does not understand why she cant wear her dolly's heals to school, when first of all they can hardly fit on her big toe anyways. But i can also tell you that a snappy first response only inhibits more screaming. Being patient takes thought, takes breath, takes actually formulating what I want to say to her. It may not top the hissy fit but the energy I have created around myself in that moment, she can sense it, and soon enough she will soak it up as well. By no means does patience mean we don't go to time out, it just means by that times its a choice she has made for herself after we have tried talking things out first.
Patience also comes hand in hand with the studio. Things do not happen on my watch, life does not revolve around my schedule, and sometimes I see myself forgetting that. Not everything is built over night. But I know that with hard work, gratitude, gracious giving, and PATIENCE one day I will have the studio exactly the way I see it in my dreams, that could be tomorrow or 45 years from today. But I hope you all get to be there by my side when that happens!