by AmyLou Coppola
I’ve been looking forward to this training since I committed back in January, however I did not anticipate starting a new job one week into it! Finding balance while fully committing myself to both a new job and my yoga certification has posed it challenges (sleep? friends? leisure? not much of any). Last week we began learning how to sequence and as a group created a class. We floated ideas around for theme and someone mentioned balance, then kindness, when to push and when to ease off. Working together we created a class that focused on discipline, accountability, and self-care resulting in balance.
I have always struggled with balance and our peak pose was Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, not necessarily my arch enemy but probably pretty close. We chose our foundational poses and low and behold two more poses I struggle with, Utkatasana and high lunge (who likes high lunges?! WHO??). We rounded out the class with restorative Setu Bandhasana and gentle twists.
Lisa taught the class we created Sunday morning. As we approached Utkatasana and the high lunges I was able to react kindly to my discomfort and recognize it for what it was, discomfort and nothing more, nothing less. Knowing I would lose my balance in Vrksasana I checked my ego and placed my foot at my ankle rather than thigh and maintained my focus. I was a little wobbly but confident in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana and when I fell out of it I didn’t place judgment, I set my focus and did it again.
At times I am going to feel off balance while juggling the training and my new job. I also know that I need and want both of these things right now. It’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure. I am going to have to work hard, hold myself accountable and remember that self-care isn’t about being lazy. It’s about what I learned on the mat last Sunday; finding my edge, knowing it, realizing when to ease off, falling a few times and getting back up. In yoga, as in life, I know I don’t have to be perfect. If I strive for balance and treat myself kindly, things will fall into place.