I started practicing yoga when I was six years old. My hippy mom took me to study with the Sivananda masters, and I’ve been practicing ever since.
Three years ago I took a 300 hour teacher training with my teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. My intent was not to become a yoga teacher – in my gut I just knew I found great teachers and I wanted to learn as much as I could from them.
Plus I knew it would make me a better Committed Impulse teacher.
A few days ago I was taking Colleen’s class and she said something I never heard her say before.
She said “Let go of the muscles in your face.”
Later in class she said “Let go of your identity and discover what is possible.”
Once again I saw how I buy into some idea of myself that is based on some ideas I have about my success and failures.
At that moment I realized that success and failure are really ideas.
If we are to be successful or fail isn’t that based on some ideas we have decided are true.
What if there’s a whole other realm beyond those societal guideposts.
What if there is just presence and commitment to creating fully with whatever is in front of us. That could mean making dinner, talking with a friend, walking into an audition room and offering our soul, making love, shooting a scene in a movie, or creating a business plan that will inspire our entrepreneurial spirit.
Give it a shot.
Let your face be soft. Soften behind your eyes. See what is in front of you. feel your breath filling up your lower back, let your heart center be open, notice the sensations in your body, and commit fully to whatever is in front of you.
Let’s experiment with letting go of who we think we are and discover what is possible.