I've "done" yoga for a long time, but about a year ago I began "practicing" yoga, and I really learned what that meant. Now, I'm trying to live a yogic life, and I'm trying to use what I learn in my books and on my mat to "rise above" everything in my life that's not positive.
Monday is my 30th birthday, so at such a young age, what do I have to transcend? Well, like most of you...the negativity of others. The constant need to focus on what is wrong with my life and how much better my life could be "if only." The anger and frustration that others try to project on those around them. The inefficiency and inequality of the world around me.
Even at this young age, I'm trying to learn to transcend my physical limitations. I've been suffering from chronic and debilitating pain for years. Countless doctors, specialists, tests, scans, and blood work later...there's no diagnosis. Yoga is my way of combating the pain, but now the pain keeps me from progressing in yoga. So, there is fear. What if I have to live like this for the rest of my life?
I am trying to learn how to transcend my pain.
But I am still a young grasshopper-- I am still trying to learn. I am hoping others will want to learn with me-- will want to read my thoughts and converse or debate-- that we can form a community and learn from each other. That I have a forum to explore all the emotional, spiritual, physical...and "other"...aspects of yoga.
There is further significance to the "Grasshopper." For those of you who don't know...it's a pretty intense yoga pose. It looks like this:
Thanks to Google Images, and check out yoga blogger Tula Flow for more awesome yoga writing.
Anyway, I want to get there...but right now it's not even in the realm of physical possibilities. So, along my journey of self-discovery and transcending all that is not-OM, I will also be documenting my journey towards finding my inner, and outer, grasshopper. This is where I'm at now (no laughing...remember, yoga comes free of judgement!):
(Yes, that's just a crow. That's as far as I can get...sometimes!)
So, I start this blog today, September 1, to finally face my fear of judgement (on my mat and of my thoughts). Today is also significant because I am starting my 30 day challenge (26 practices in 30 days) to culminate in a YogaAid event on October 2nd. So, wish me luck! (on my blog, on my mat, and in my "transcendental" journey!)