Today, I would like to do a small sharing on my yogic journey from the mat to rope….from the floor to mid-air…..from fear to no fear ….it brings my yogic journey to a whole new level of breakthroughs and fun.
It was initially tough when we first started to learn rope yoga in January this year. We had to grab the rope in between the big toe and the second toe and pull ourselves up the rope with the strength from our legs and arms.
It was intense pain initially for all of us, as our feet were not conditioned to withstand such rough tension from the rope. We had to face pain in its raw state and dis-identify with pain. It took will persistence to show up at each session of training and to repeatedly attempt to climb the rope in spite of the pain.
Our toes get seasoned over a couple of weeks of regular rope yoga training sessions. Then we were able to advance into more asanas on the rope. Doing asanas on the rope brings out different dimensions to our yoga practice.
Besides having to constantly dis-associate with pain, we now have to face our hidden fears. In many areas of our life, we are often able to avoid our deep fear by choosing not to do things that frighten us. For example, if one is afraid of snakes, one just need to stay away from snakes. However, when we are on the rope, we had to face our fears squarely.
We have experiences tremendous breakthroughs on the rope and the effects of the breakthroughs filter through all other aspects of our life….many of us also experience rapid progress in our mat yoga practice as a direct result of our exposure to rope yoga.
I would like to invite you to come and join us to experience the breakthroughs on rope yoga for yourself. You may contact me via watsapp at +65 9889 5654 or +65 9245 5656 to find out when and where we have our rope yoga sessions….
Looking forward to more fun and breakthroughs on my exciting journey of yoga….
If you ask me what yoga practice has taught me, I would tell you that it has taught me to let go. We hold so much fear of the unknown and emotions in our bodies that we often forget that practicing yoga is about releasing all that negativity. It is about unveiling all the fears that we have buried deep inside.
How many of us often think the same thoughts repeatedly, hardly ever creating new trails of belief and chances of miracles? I am quite guilty of that. Sometimes we might just get stuck, afraid to let go of our ‘normal’ thoughts because we fear the unknown, the change. We are afraid to get out of our comfort zones. Of course I am going to tell you it is not going to be easy, and it takes a little courage and truck-loads of confidence. But it is going to be worth it, and once you ‘surrender’, you will soon realize you can achieve so much more.
Because of my relatively weak back, I took up lessons to strengthen it. I used to fear asanas (I still do, for some!) that require me to bend my back to an angle I do not feel ‘comfortable’ with. The fear could be so intense that even the simple wheel pose would give me the jitters. However, after months of classes and practices I realized that if I do not overcome that fear, it will have power over me and will soon become an obstacle and limitation to my practices.
To be able to conquer your fear, first you must allow yourself to acknowledge it. It is only then that you learn to let go of it. Allow yourself to feel the fear that is presenting itself. Personally, I like to visualize myself overcoming it before I actually tackle it. Take for instance, inversions. I like to prepare my mind by ‘tricking’ it, playing images of myself doing it effortlessly before I take the plunge and attempt it. Of course, not everyone will go through the same journey; you have to discover which highway gets you to your destination 🙂
When we begin to let go, it is almost as if everything starts to change? All our perceptions and beliefs that we used to define ourselves by (thoughts like: my arms are too weak I can never do a handstand!), will start to slowly begin to dissolve until they are no longer there. Our expectations also fade and our awareness expands. We will start to realize that every individual is unique and special; some of us just need to cross more roads to get there. Then, we are able to take responsibility for ourselves and begin to live more deeply from our own truth.
Let go of that anger. Let go of that hatred for somebody. Let go of that jealousy that is making you feel lousy. Free yourself. Let us all let go, surrender on the mat, and surrender to the present moment. Let go, of whatever that is holding you back.