At the end of the class I was in last night, the teacher gave us the option of doing whatever it is we thought we needed – a headstand, a restorative bridge, legs up the wall, and so on. My body was telling me I needed to chill out, but I initially went for the headstand challenge instead. I eventually stopped myself and realized what I needed at that time was to drape myself over some support and just find some release. Although at that time it just seemed lazy.
How often do we just carry on with patterns without asking ourselves what we actually need? Are we prepared to listen? Do we even know what to listen for?
Next time you have a choice in the matter, actually take the time to do an inventory of what you are feeling and then decide carefully what you need.
- What is my energy level?
- Am I feeling over-excited or lazy? How can I find balance?
- What am I capable of doing safely?
- Are there areas in my body I have not worked, or worked in an uneven manner?
- Do I need to challenge my edge, or do I need to learn patience?
- What will [X] pose actually give me? Do I need it right now?
That’s just a start. What would you add?