The blog I had planned to write was very different, but that will have to wait for another day – it will be a good one trust me ;)
Why the change? A friend reminded me of something while I was on my mat.
Tonight I went to a quiet spot along the ocean. I started at a slower pace moving from mountain pose into a series of low lunges.
Arriving back at mountain pose I paused for 10 breaths with my eyes closed. Opening my eyes I gazed towards the water making eye contact with a seal. It had popped its head up close to shore looking at me with what appeared to be a sense of wonder.
A smile arrived on my face, which happens most often when I cross paths with a seal – living in Vancouver playing in and along the water it happens a lot. They are an animal that almost always seems to have a playful curiosity.
Without warning their heads pop up out of the water and look at you seemingly saying, “Why are you doing that? Hmmm interesting, but you know what it is way more fun down here.”
My friend's attitude set the tone for the rest of my practice.
Moving into different poses I paused for 10 breaths. Hanging out in each pose I approached my experience with a playful curiosity.
How does my body feel? What is my breathing like? Why did I chose to stop in chair pose? Why can't I stop thinking about the blog I have to write?
Many times judgment is the first thing that enters my mind when pondering similar questions. Tonight it seemed easy to move through my practice without judgement.
I was able to stay in poses with greater ease while practicing mindfully came more naturally. Looking at my experiences with playful curiosity was an extraordinary way to spend time on my mat.
Thank you my seal friend you reminded me what a practice is meant to be.
What attitude did you bring to the mat today?
Is a 500-hour trained yoga teacher and therapist. He began teaching yoga after a 20-year swim coaching career.