Change is Good

Living a healthy life is accepting change. It’s about understanding how we can keep ourselves mobile, strong and flexible even as change occurs.

I’m writing this thinking about several yoga students of mine who perceive the changes that occur as we age as failure.  They seem to become angry and frustrated.  I can tell by the noises, sighs and aggravated grunts during our asana practice.

But Yoga is an act of loving kindness that we give ourselves.  Yoga is compassionate.  We can expect more from our bodies because we practice asana, but we should know by now that our bodies change from day-to-day, moment to moment.

A pose that feels good on Monday may feel bound and restricted on Wednesday and exhilarating by Friday.

Resistance – whether it is physical or mental – encourages frustration.  “Why can’t I reach the floor?” “How long are we going to hold this?”  When we should be releasing into the pose we actually begin to tighten.  We thwart our potential and deny ourselves the freedom of full expression.  Resistance is an argument we have with ourselves about agendas and expectations and judgement.  Instead of resisting, embrace what is.

During your practice, accept change.  At the same time, open your body and breath to the idea that anything is possible.


4 thoughts on “Change is Good

  1. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie)

    I recently took a yoga class while on a business trip. It’s been years since I’ve taken a formal class and my home practice has suffered greatly at the hands of my freelance career and single motherhood. I felt exactly what you described in your post. I beat myself up because I could no longer get into all the poses or hold them without shaking. I had unreaslistic and judgemental expectations.

    Thanks for the reminder that we need to work with what is before us, and only be doing that will be get to the place we want to be.


  2. Thank you Mimm for sharing your thoughts. I really enjoyed reading the article. As you’re pointing out one of the most delicate items in this society…Love from Holland, anke


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