"Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff."
The most inspiring time of year is here. Spring! It's also a brilliant time to challenge your comfort zone.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois, founder of the Ashtanga yoga lineage, is quoted as saying, "Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff." That might seem like a bit of a stretch for some poses (no pun intended), but it definitely has its applicable moments on and off the mat! This April, as nature begins to blossom around you, why not bring a similar perspective to your yoga practice? After all, yoga in its truest form is about expanding awareness, and liberating the mind and body from that which does not healthily serve your greater purpose.
During your next yoga class and throughout the month, try a sadhana (practice) of surrender. One way to weave this concept into your yoga practice is to proactively become aware of your habits during poses. For instance, during downward facing dog pose do you clench the muscles around your neck? During high lunge pose do your toes grip the ground, do you shrug your shoulders, do you tighten your jaw? By simply becoming aware of little habits we can explore ways to adjust and change them. Yoga is unique in that the fullest expression of a pose doesn't occur by muscling into it, it occurs when you give the breath permission to fill the spaces that resist.