First weekend of yoga 200RYT training done.
And my final thoughts were, really, why can’t I do this every weekend?
It’s like vacation.
I could probably write on and on about the experience and so many different lessons were passed on this weekend, but a small few really stuck. Somewhere towards the beginning of the weekend, our instructor said, “approach it with curiosity”. I’ve since forgot what the “it” was pertaining to, but moving forward I really think the “it” can be whatever we want it to be. In therapy, this approach of always being curious, is so pertinent to the work we do. Because a person is more than their problems and I want to see beyond the presenting issue.
But think about how widely applicable this simple lesson is?
What would life look life if we approached any or all situations with curiosity? The simple act of doing this would eliminate judgment and encourage understanding. Because when I’m curious about something, I’m seeking to understand it, I want to know more and search for what I’m missing. We can also be more curious about ourselves, about what is driving a certain emotion or thought. Sometimes I’ll feel some envy or start noticing that I’m getting all hung up on everyone else’s shit, and then judge myself – “I’m being ungrateful… there’s something wrong with me because I keep having these thoughts…”. But if I could step back and be a little curious about why I’m feeling what I feel, I’d probably realize that it might be me recognizing something that I want which can then be motivation to get my act together and start making it happen.
It’s a shift. A simple shift of perspective.
Whenever we feel a negative emotion it’s a sign to check it out, not beat ourselves up about it, but to explore what’s going on. Sometimes that emotion might be a sign that we need to be a little more gentler with ourselves. This is exactly what’s taught in our yoga practice. Pay attention to your body, be curious, go a little deeper if it feels right or be gentle to yourself when you need it. And it’s all good.