How many times do my teachers have to explain Downward Dog? After a couple of times, you get the basic concept. You’re making a triangle with your body while you are upside down. Or something like that.
Oh, but there’s so much more to it. I was reminded again this morning that yoga is a practice, not an exercise. An opportunity to try different things, different ways to meld the body and mind. We will continue the practice as long as we do yoga.
isn’t life like that too? We don’t get it right the first time we try something. Or at least we don’t get it perfect. But the next time, it’s a little bit better and the time after that we might even try a different method that could produce even better results. I can’t imagine how boring the world would be if we all got it right the first time and didn’t have to practice anymore. We would just do it the same forever after.
Tonight I watched the documentary of the making of An American Idiot, the musical based on the Green Day album. It was awesome to watch the evolution of the show from a concept to a well rehearsed Broadway show. I had seen the musical and love the music so it was familiar. But to see Billy Joe Shaver watch his compositions recreated and even improved (in his own words) was inspiring. We can always continue to grow and blossom in different ways. Even if it’s Downward Dog. Even if it’s the 1000th time.
It’s a practice. And I’ll be doing it tomorrow and the next day, and if God is willing, every day hereafter. I know how wonderful the possibilities are!