The seed of this week’s theme seems to have been planted last week, and has surrounded me - in articles, in conversations, in the words of fellow yoga teachers.
When we face a tough challenge- collectively or individually- there can sometimes be a sense of despondency, to feel there is nothing we can do about it because it feels too big. This is a judgement taken by the mind, which tries to remove us from being an active player. But if we step back from it, reflect on where those thoughts and emotions are coming from, we can look at it from many different angles and perspectives and see it in a different light.
We do this in our yoga asana work when we encounter something new, or a pose that continues to elude us. But if we break it down, we will find there is something that we CAN do, no matter how small it seems. We can chip away at our challenges individually and collectively to break them down piece by piece, one step at a time. We involve all aspects of ourselves to rise to the challenge- mind, body and spirit.
Do not underestimate the power of small acts: this energy becomes infectious and touches those around us. And our shared intention becomes transformation. So keep celebrating your milestones, no matter how small: champion what you CAN do.
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.