Unfolding on the Mat
Expanded Content and Thoughtful Guidance
Have you ever practiced a balancing pose like Garudasana (Eagle Pose) in a crawlers and toddlers Mommy and Me Yoga class? Well in case you haven't, I'll tell ya: it's like balancing in chaos. (Heck, even the pose looks chaotic with its twists and turns, binds and crosses.) At least in the case of crawlers and toddlers the chaos is cute. COVID-19...not so much.
I was reminded of this pose last week when I was mentoring a very bright young yoga teacher who lives in Portland. She plans to teach this pose to her online class, so we discussed a sequence that would prepare her students to achieve this tricky posture.
There is a LOT to it. To practice eagle pose, you need to prepare with poses that help you get
All that to stand on one foot with arms and legs winding like vines!
Sometimes these days it helps me to remember to take things step by step, one thing at a time to get to where I want to be. Just like we do in yoga. I've never been to a class where we did a little breathing, then the teacher said, "Ok! Now eagle pose!" Nope--we spend 40 minutes doing small things, step by step. Then when the time does arrive, we're ready! Our bodies are prepared, our minds are focused, and our intention is lined up with our action. (This does not guarantee your internet will remain stable during Zoom. It only means you will. You are not your internet connection.)
So when the list of things that need to be addressed or that I need to do in order to keep teaching, keep parenting, keep cooking, keep in touch, keep SANE in unprecedented times that feel like slow-motion chaos comes at me all at once, I do like we do in yoga to prepare for a peak pose:
See you online as the eagle you are!
May you build your life step by step, remaining balanced within, conquering the chaos without.
Jessica lives, has a family, and teaches yoga in Austin, Texas.