Every few months I take inventory of my ‘stuff’. I peruse my closet for clothes and shoes that are better served as donations; I take a trip down ‘expiration date’ lane and go through vitamins, prescriptions, lotions, makeup, etc.; and, I take inventory of my physicality. That is, what am I not using very much that I SHOULD, what am I afraid to let go of, and what should change?
Let’s face it, when you hit 40, your body changes. The exercises that used to come easy, may be the ones that could now cause injury. And the workouts we shy away from, might just be what cures an ache or pain.
Not too long ago, I was a die-hard Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) junkie. My mornings consisted of an asana practice that featured a lot of sun salutations with standing, balancing, twisting and inversion poses mixed in, but I noticed that injuries were creeping in. “Is yoga bad for me?” I wondered? No, my practice had become, in itself, a samskara — a pattern that wasn’t serving me anymore.
After some assessment, I found that I was gravitating to poses that were easy much to the demise of other parts of my body. I also noticed that I was avoiding poses that caused pain — and rightly so. But, I decided to investigate the root cause rather than give up altogether. I’ve since made adjustments to my practice that are specific to my body’s needs, and try to mix it up regularly.
While yoga IS very beneficial for everyone, it’s not once size fits all. We all can’t be Kathryn Budig (God love her), but like she says, we can “aim true.”
Take stock of your life — physcially, spiritually, emotionally, and posessions-ally. Get rid of what no longer serves you, and use what you have to your fullest (safest) potential.
– Your Charmed Yogi
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