Yoga, for me these days, is less about DO-ing and more about BE-ing. When I teach or when I am practicing, I am more interested in holding space for what is coming up. Holding space for exploration of emotion, idea, and feeling; rather than analyzing, predicting, and assessing.
As our personal practices evolve, we might find ourselves migrating. In this migration, we might find there is more space for silence and just observing. When I began my yoga journey, I primarily focused on alignment, execution, and a cerebral understanding of what this practice of yoga is all about. Nowadays, my practice is more of a full-on sensory experience. I am no longer as concerned with mastering that headstand or the precision of the pose. It is more about the essence of my entire life. Am I living in accordance with my own personal ethics? How am I putting the yamas and niyamas into practice every day? What emotional, mental, physical, and energetic impulses/reactions/sensations occur as I move through my life – both on and off the mat?
This is holding space for possibility. Holding space so we have this room to explore and just be, with no expectation or judgement. From this place, everything becomes possible because we are no longer boxing ourselves into a preconceived notion of how-this-should-be-done.
I recently returned from Bali where I was assisting and teaching with Cat Kabira during her 200-hour foundation yoga teacher training. During those five weeks, I explored the edges of holding space. Of knowing that when space is created, we – all of us – have the opportunity to step into our own personal power. In fact, it is when we DO LESS, that we ALLOW FOR MORE. I witnessed people stepping into their personal power on a daily basis, trying it on and seeing just how good it feels to set boundaries and not apologize for who they are. I witnessed transformations in people’s personalities and practices, both on and off the mat. I witnessed myself stepping into the space of doing less and, as a result, enjoying the process of life even more.
Having the time and energy to hold space is an incredible privilege. I am aware of how precious this place of “doing less” is. These brief moments of being, not doing, are an incredible gift and one – when we are fortunate enough to have them – should not be taken lightly.
How can we all DO LESS in order to BE MORE? How can we hold space for others to just be – without reservation – fully and completely who they are?
The next time you are on your mat, I encourage to let go of any ideas of what “should be.” Explore your practice from a place of spaciousness and freedom. A place where everything is possible, and nothing is off the table.
Simply. Hold. Space.
I’m lucky enough to hold space next with Cat Kabira in Bali again for her September/October 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Yoga Barn! Join us there!