Break on through to the other side...

Break on through to the other side...

Posted on: by Daniel Wolverine

My yoga break through with play- head to ankle

Recently I had the urge to share this breakthrough pose with all who would care to listen, not so much because of how it looks, but rather because of the process of remembering how to be gentle with myself that had began to awaken in the weeks leading up to this home practice. Remembering this process, and how to play, was the key to the breakthrough and it is this that I would like to share with you.

Every once in a while, I get myself into a tangle of taking life too seriously (taking myself too seriously) which usually starts to show up in my yoga practice as mentally torturing myself about what I cannot do. This leads to jamming myself into poses in the hope that I will free myself from the tensions I can feel building up because of what I allow myself to feed on in the internal losing battle that has left my body feeling tired and sore.

After months of behaving this way, with a little guidance from teacher Chris Jackson, I decided enough was enough. I began just to play whenever I practiced at home, taking the emphasis away from what can I teach and directing it towards what can I learn?

 I backed off, held myself more softly, stopped when I felt exhausted, took longer to warm up, eventually melting into apex poses, rather than rushing to finish, resulting in a pose I have not been able to get into in over a year; head to ankle.

It made me smile, knowing that all along, all that I needed to do was to do what I have always wanted to do with my life, and that is to play. Yoga for me as an adult is about remembering that child who always just wants to play. #learningthroughplay



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