ducks

Grateful for a break in the heavy rains of the previous day, I walked around Centennial Lake with my dog Sierra on Sunday.

Two small black ducks swimming side by side called my attention. The ducks moved with such effortless grace- their whole bodies seeming to propel them forward in subtle bobbing rhythm.

The movement of their webbed feet and legs invisible to me under the brown water- not a hint of splashing. I could see no wasted movement, just a barely visible wake forming smoothly behind them.

The Breathing Book, by Donna Farhi says, “The paradox of free breathing is that it is a result of deep relaxation, not of effort.”

sthira sukham asanam – Sutra 2.46 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The above sutra translates to “finding a posture that contains both steadiness and ease.” This week we explore finding places in our practice where we might be working too hard. Even in poses that require much effort is there a place where we can also access ease? Can we soften the muscles of the face, or soften our gaze? Can we relax our jaw?

Yoga gives us the opportunity to pause and see where we are over-efforting. This class reminds us that the poses are here to serve us, and not the other way around.

Figure out where you are working too hard so that you can find that sweet balance between effort and ease, and gain the most benefit from your poses.

Find flow in your practice and flow in your life, and leave a smooth wake wherever you go.

Looking forward to seeing many of you this week as we find both challenge and rest in our practice. See you on the mat!

Namaste,

Kim Metz

RYT 200 hour

Release your grip on limitation and possibilities roll out like endless ocean waves. All you have to do is kick off your shoes and run barefoot in the sand. –Danna Faulds

Classes this Week

Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Intermediate Yoga

Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga

Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga

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