April - Resilience
Last month, our practice was shaped by Tapas - heat that fuels transformation through discipline. We learned the importance of alternating the heat, from high to medium or low - just like in cooking - to find the perfect amount of heat to facilitate change without burning out. This forms the foundation for our resilience, this month's focus.
What does it mean to be resilient? If you look it up, you'll see it defined as the ability to withstand adversity or to "bounce back" from challenges. But it isn't just words on a screen - we see resilience everyday, in the life around us.
About a month ago, I saw a parsley plant I'd potted was covered in little bugs that had killed the leaves. Disappointed, I'd chopped it down to root, put the pot in my garage to eventually dump it, and promptly forgot about it. Then, a couple of days ago, I noticed it has sprouted bright green, new leaves - without proper sunshine or water for weeks. I couldn't help but smile in amazement at life's resilience.
In Yoga, we contribute to our resilience whenever we choose to focus on our breath. Each time we come back to an easy, calm breath, we strengthen our physical, mental, and emotional resilience. With each calm breath we take - in the face of a challenging practice, or amidst a posture that's new and unfamiliar - we build resilience.
So no matter what practice you explore - Align & Flow or Restore, Meditation or Self Care - you contribute to your own resilience, one breath at a time. One breath at a time we embrace our inner parsley plant that could!