On Saturday I rocked a triple (taught three classes). During the 9:30 am Modo 90 min class and the 11:30 am Modo Flow class the intention we worked with revolved around PAIN and the empowering ability we have to work with it and allow it to be a teacher.
I love BLUES music, especially live. When you see these cats playing live you can FEEL THEIR pain as they play. I was telling the students that sometimes when the vibe is tight, these musicians sharing their pain, sharing their music brings me to tears. I can feel it. It opens me up to feel my pain. This was our rooting today, I invited our class to open up and FEEL their pain. The backdrop was a sweet BLUES mix from a homeboy Greg Lanzalotta.
On The Mat
As we practice 'stuff' comes up. And sometimes we can hide behind the practice. It's easy to come to our mat as a getaway. But YOGA asks you to just show up, and it won't judge you, it won't judge your pain. So no need to hide or avoid our pain. We can get awareness around the pain.
The amazing thing about practice is that it gives you a platform to open up and then it will also give you tools to uplift and support you when you do open up. As we moved with our breath, I kept encouraging the students to move into the middle of whatever comes up. If it's physical pain, back up a little, or grab a block and modify. Pain wakes us up can become your teacher. If it's emotional pain then take a breath and move directly into it. No Hiding; this was our practice today.
Off The Mat
Straight up, PAIN will come our way. And if we avoid the pain, it will only get bigger and take on new forms in your life. Sometimes it takes on the form of anger and we start to take our anger out on others. Sometimes it comes in the form of jealousy and we start to see ourselves as less then others. It creates more pain. A cycle of pain that can to often last for years and years. Sometimes it shows up as complaining, or blaming. When we avoid our pain we don't take responsibility for our own actions and words day in and day out. It always becomes someone else's fault.
When we step into the pain, we allow it to become a teacher. When we step into the pain we start to create space for more #peace. When we get at peace with ourselves, our jealousy becomes unselfish joy (mudita). Our anger no longer becomes a reaction and we can move beyond complaining, blaming and wondering to joyous place of ‘finding out’ and ‘figuring it out’.