Don't Force It
Good morning yogis! This week, my dear blog-mate Nikki mentioned to the rest of us via our ever-growing Facebook messenger thread that she was thinking of posting something light-hearted for her next post--I am assuming because our first week of posting was on a serious topic and something light would be a nice change of pace. I thought to myself, yeah, that would be great! ...only to find upon further examination that I was really not feeling light-hearted whatsoever and it was my turn to post. I wanted to be light and fun, I really did... but then I realized in writing, as in yoga, as in life, you simply cannot "force" things to be a certain way.
If you practice yoga, you know this feeling all too well. Perhaps at times you've thought to yourself: I want to be at some certain point in my practice, but I am not. I want to master this certain pose, but I have not yet, and so on. In our society, many companies have capitalized on this tempting concept of having what you want, when you want it (fast food, on-demand TV, etc), but there are no such easy wins in yoga, nor are there in the meaningful parts of our lives outside of consumerism. We cannot simply have what we want when we want it; we have to be ready for it, and we often have to go through many lessons and put in the work in order to get to that point of readiness.
What would life even be like if all of our desires were instantly gratified? Accomplishing desires or goals would probably be much less rewarding and meaningful. Progression would happen way too fast and we wouldn't have time to enjoy what we achieved. Why would we want that anyway? Struggles help us clarify what it is we really want out of life, and they are a necessary part of the process.
I think our desires drive us towards growth and are not a bad thing (perhaps contrary to the teachings in the yoga sutras), but the trick is to be non-attached to the outcome (just let it ride) and to have faith that goodness is coming :)
Anyway... I actually DID try to "force myself to have fun with yoga" yesterday in hopes I could muster up a light-hearted post... haha. I did some paddleboard yoga and I really enjoyed just being outside. Doing yoga outside is always a great way to get a little levity in your practice :) With spring coming, hopefully we can all get outside and do yoga more!