Have you ever had one of those days? You know, as if you are standing in a boat in the middle of the ocean and it's suddenly leaking in 30 places and you have nothing more than one cork and two hands? Which hole do you patch first, and is it going to be enough to save the boat?
Maybe you just need to swim away.
Not forever. We're not talking about quitting or giving up. More like... going for reinforcements. You need a quiet space so you can catch your breath, think clearly, piece together a plan and gather some supplies to return with focus and strength! How do you do that when it seems as though the world is beating down your door, expecting solutions right now?
If you need to forget about life for a while, try stealing away to a place life seems to have forgotten.
Someplace old... abandoned. A place with history and relevance. Find a little nook, unroll your mat and choose sequences that can restore and rejuvenate your harried soul. Dancing Sun is an excellent sequence for bringing forth new energy! Combine it with Swan to keep a sense of grounded calm and focus in your intent and purpose.
As you practice Dancing Sun, you have time to observe your surroundings. When in a forgotten place, you can observe the effects of neglect on a structure. How wild creatures and strong weather have a way of wearing their way through walls, the faint musty smells and evidence of decay taking up residence in places nothing else has claimed. Ill-repair causes structures to crumble over time, just as neglect can cause human structures to fall to pieces as well.
The Swan sequence brings you to the ground, and then calls you to rise up, first in your head and heart with Swan pose, and then with the body in One-Legged Down Dog. A great plan of attack when facing life's challenges: lift your head up first, create the plan, commit to it whole-heartedly, and then use your body to put it in action! Remember now how you are not like this building. You are caring for yourself, you will stay strong. All things fall away with time, and give rise to new things, both good and bad. There is strength to be found in weak moments. Difficulties call you to slow down, sometimes way down, and breathe. Take smaller, more mindful steps, measure the effects, and adjust your plans as needed.
As you finish your practice, you will walk away from this forgotten, neglected place. When you do, leave the stress and feelings of helplessness, leave the wreckage of your life behind as well. Move forward with strength and courage because truly, when you are taking care of yourself, there are not insurmountable obstacles. There is only time, practice, patience and breath.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Gregory is an avid Namaste yogini and has been practicing the sequences nearly every day for nearly four years. Her favourite part of Namaste is the opportunity it affords to find her calm, collected center and carry that forward through each day. We enlisted Heather to share her #namasteNewViews as she explores the practice with our iTunes downloads, and blog about her experiences. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org