S U R R E N D E R ⠀⠀
There’s the hard way,
And there’s the not-so-hard way. ⠀⠀
What we resist, persists.
What we avoid, amplifies.
What we pretend does not exist will eventually swallow us whole. ⠀⠀
The more we struggle, push, force our way through our yoga practice (read: life) the more painful it is.
But when we can find those little moments of softening, ‘go-with-the-flow’ kinda feelings, we allow ourselves to fully step into how it actually feels. We embrace the tenderness, the injuries, the pain, the discomfort, and we surrender to it.
⠀⠀ That’s when the magic happens.
The natural born healer in each of us knows how to heal.
Without forcing, struggling, or pushing, we will naturally and gently move through it. ⠀⠀
Surrender to it, whatever it is today.
Allow it to fully overwhelm you.
And watch how it naturally dissipates all on its own.
I loved this description of all things YIN (via Modern Movement). It's spot on. It's... easy.
Time and time again I see students struggling to 'feel' the pose in yin, so they push more and more. Because if you push more, and feel more of a stretch, well, that's what it's all about right? Gently, this is wrong. Yin is about being. It's about getting out of your own way so the body in all it's wisdom can do it's thing again.
Think of it this way, if a teeny tiny acupuncture needle is inserted into a tiny spot on the body and it can affect hormones and tissues and quite literally change our bodies response.... not everything needs to be big and loud and obvious, right? Note: to give you an idea of size, you can fit 40+ acupuncture needs into the head of a regular syringe.
Whether you're convinced of this or not - it's worth a shot right? And if the ease and simplicity can't harm, it could just open up a whole new world.
Keen to give ease a go?
If you're a Sydney-sider who'd like to come and try out a Tuesday night Yin yoga class with me and you've not come to BHC before, drop me a line and I'll send you a voucher. It'd be lovely for you to experience this xo ⠀⠀