I have heard a teacher liken this statement to that of saying “I’m to dirty to take a shower”…
What comes to mind when I hear this age old excuse is athletic individuals and their celebrated talents. More than likely, these individuals (among other talented peoples) started somewhere. Sure, natural ability might play a part, but all of us start at the beginning, and in the beginning there is much to learn.
Perhaps within the context of this article, we explore the word ‘flexible’ through a different lens. To be flexible also means to be open; to practice openness to the unknown… Openness to trying something different, to not being very ‘good’ at it, to having a natural ability for it, to loving the experience, or totally not loving it at all, etc.
Once upon a time, yoga was known as a science of self-realization— a path to the True Self. It would seem that these days, and in our part of the world, yoga is less about building a relationship with your own individual true nature, and more about having the ability to wrap your leg behind your head while standing on your hands. Or would it? Like many things, there is a projection (often media driven) cast upon ‘yoga’ that limits our perspective. What if you walked into a yoga class with the intention to better know yourself, and to open up to the possibility that you might begin to construct greater resilience deep within?
Here are five universal ways to cultivate more ‘flexibility’ in your life, both on and off the yoga mat:
- Be Open – Practice being open to limitless possibilities.
- Commit – Practice whole-hearted commitment to the task at hand.
- Create Space – Cultivate space within you to understand that your true nature is far more “flexible” than you could ever imagine.
- Turn Inward – Reflect upon the limited beliefs you’ve developed and understand that everything you project is only an aspect of you that you have not yet embraced.
- Be True – Honour what is true for you. Your truth is your contribution to the ‘bigger picture’ in the ways that you relate and accept the experiences and lessons you endure along the way.
By Christie Weightman