I didn't quite know what to expect when deciding to participate in the 108 sun salutations in honor of the summer solstice. As I sat on my mat I contemplated what I was about to do and of course subconsciously started making a small list of expectations. I had counted out my 108 mala beads and staring at the large pile I felt the anxiety rising up within me. I was determined to do all the sun salutations to the fullest extent of the pose and as close to perfection as possible.
I quieted my thoughts as Brittany's voice sounded in the room welcoming everyone to their mats. She started to explain the importance of modifications in today's practice, encouraging everyone to listen closely to their bodies, and avoid injury. In order to ensure we all practice safely she guided everyone through all of the different modifications we could take and should take! As she carefully went through each pose I was quietly having a battle within. How was I going to be okay with letting go of my expectations and willingly modify my sun salutations.
It took me until about sun salutation number 54 to finally get my mind to shut up about its stress for perfection and let my heart lead my practice. My heart wanted a practice of acceptance, love, and thanks. Thanks for having a mind, body, and spirit that was present, courageous, and ever growing as a part of this Lakewood, CO yoga community.
I found within me a voice saying that it's not about striving for perfection at all, it's about the journey and the grace that we find in the ever changing moments.
I found within me a voice saying that it's not about striving for perfection at all, it's about the journey and the grace that we find in the ever changing moments. In these moments I found that my grace was allowing room for modifications in my practice and accepting them with a whole heart!
~Elizabeth (Container Collective Yoga studio member, Lakewood, CO)
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