What makes you stretch yourself in your yoga practice? How do you know when you are moving forward from your ego and when you are moving from your Intuition?
Baron Baptiste of Power Yoga says that transformation can occur when you come to your “edge”. The place where we run up against ourselves. It’s the boundary between where we are and where we grow – a place of “comfortable” Discomfort. However in yoga, “playing your edge” doesn’t always mean “going for it,” It means listening to your “intuition” rather than listening to your ego. Listening to your ego can lead to injury. In yoga, ”playing your edge” is like slowly taking off a piece of silk that has become tangled in a thorny bush. You do it gently and with patience because if you don’t the silk will be ripped to shreds.
Here are 3 Principles for Stepping up to your Edge:
- We Are Either Now Here or Nowhere – All life happens in the present moment. That’s all we really have – right here, right now. Being nowhere as you practice yoga is one of the surest ways to get hurt. In life, accidents happens when someone isn’t paying attention
- Think Less, Be More – Once you learn the mechanics of a pose – what goes where, what rotates which way, and so on – the only thing left is to get your brain out of the way and just relax into it. When you drop your brain and ego, you give your body and soul a chance to shine. (Open To Grace!)
- Don’t Try Hard, Try Easy – Trying hard invites strain and struggle. Trying easy gives you the levity and freedom to fly. Try Hard = Using Will Power which never really works cause it’s based in force. Try Easy and you begin to use Soul Force which is powered by your connection to the Infinite. All you need to do is Relax, Breathe, and Surrender. Struggle creates tension in your muscles and constricts your mind which limits you. Relax and stop resisting and you’ll know what you need to do in a pose