If you want change, make discomfort your home

Holding uncomfortable positions can take you on a journey of thoughts and emotions. It’s really incredible.

In February ‘15, my body started producing a series of injuries. It began with extreme tension in my hip, then a weak ankle, and now my knees have very little range of motion. I’ve seen several doctors and they’ve helped manage the pain but offered no solution.

My personal yoga practice has transformed a lot since I first started. In the beginning, I practiced for physical fitness. Learning more about the philosophy and experiencing the benefits beyond bodily improvement, I took a teacher training to expand my practice and explore a career as a yoga instructor.

Since completing the training in 2013, I’ve discovered that I absolutely love teaching yoga. My work allows me to see deeper into the practice, and I am ever amazed to to watch others grow in theirs.

I am myself not the “perfect” yogi; no yogi would expect to be. Poses aside, I’ve realized one of my personal struggles is with time. I have low patience, and the habit of stressing myself out over scheduling plans. Now my practice has taken a turn, which encourages me to explore that.

Since the pain started with tension in my hip, that’s where I’ve began. Frog, half-pigeon, king pigeon, half moon, ALL THE HIP POSES are my new best friends. Going deep into the hips is no small ordeal. Long posture holds with slow deep breaths is the way to go. Having such little patience is one of the reasons I’ve avoided this. Finally, I’m stepping up to the plate. Are no patience and tight hips interrelated? I think so.

In this first week of my open-hips / less time project, I’m beginning to learn the meaning of what it’s like to make the “mountain” my home.

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options.

You can climb it and cross to the other side.

You can go around it.

You can dig under it.

You can fly over it.

You can blow it up.

You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there.

You can turn around and go back the way you came.

Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”

-Vera Nazarian

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