This post wasn’t supposed to happen. I should be all focused on studying right at this moment, but I can’t resist sharing one of the most important things I’ve learned in the past few weeks. It’s a very simple truth, yet very hard to get a grab of. For once, instead of urging you to become the captain of your life, I am inviting you to let life take the lead.
James Dylan (not the one who sings Led Zeppelin’s covers, the yoga teacher, which is by the way definitely as cool and also has his edge) introduced his class this week with this powerful principle: let yoga do you. I don’t know what was in the air that night, maybe it was because we don’t get as much light these days, or it could have been the full moon’s leftovers, but the energy in the room was low. Usually people seem to attend classes at Wanderlust to push themselves further, to improve their arm balances, to sweat a bit, and the teachers get that, and they create flows taking that desire to move more and more into account. It takes someone who knows its yoga like James to go against that trend, and go with what the room needs. On that particular night, we did not need to work harder, to challenge ourselves more. Instead of that voluntary movement, that constant moving forward, all in control, instead of doing the poses, James suggested we let yoga do us. With as little energy as possible to keep the postures stable and safe, we simply had to follow the sequence and give our breath the opportunity to restore us fully.
How often in life do we accept to be with what is, to let whatever is do us? We are often promoting determination, action, power, all very masculine characteristics. We want to be in control of our lives. We are told that if we are unhappy, it is our fault. That we can, should, do something about it. That we are the masters of our destiny.
All of this is true. We can definitely choose the outlook we have on our life, choose to frame it in a positive way or stay stuck into that gray cloud we can create around ourselves. But sometimes, taking a break is good. You should take a break, I strongly recommend you do. Because as we keep on pushing and pushing, we forget sometimes to reap the benefits of our hard work. As we focus on practicing day after day on our yoga mat to improve our sun salutation, our warriors, we forget sometimes to simply let the yoga perform its magic. Just like when you are training, it is on the rest days that you get stronger. Just like when you are cycling, you can use the momentum you created to relax a bit. You don’t have to push more to get faster. You can let yoga do the work, and see where it takes you.