* Reclining hero's pose. Usually this pose is incredibly painful and one I try to stay away from because I don't believe I have the opening to get into it safely. However, with LaShaun Dale's guidance and some support not only did I settle into this pose, but felt really good in it. The best part, letting my hips and pelvis settle so I could actually find the pose. As an athlete I'm used to pushing into things, adjusting, and making something happen. There are poses where it just doesn't work to be incredibly active to hold the pose, but instead to let it open you, with a little activation.
Which brings me into my second inspiration: Passive courage and letting things happen. Supta Virasana is a perfect example, I can't force my pelvis to release, I had to find the alignment, take a deep breath, then give the body time to settle before I could make adjustments and find the pose. Any movement before the body was ready all I did was create frustration and confuse the body as to what should be let go. This has been a theme recently as I worked with my sankalpa, to relax, surrender, and let things settle into place. Pushing on the body or the world around you when in transition to change, especially toward the things you want doesn't assist or provide you the means to achieve, creating space and breathing does. As with Asana practice, devotion is your friend. Devote with passion, but sometimes the passion has to be by settling into the transition.
My savasana practice today was another source of inspiration. Inspiration led me to set my timer for 30 minutes versus the 20 minutes I usually practice. It didn't take me very long to settle, to my joy, the body came down and the mind followed. At one point I was startled out of the deep observation of the mind by a strange noise, rather than lose the practice it only took a few moments (staying still the entire time) to reset, return to observation and settle back into my practice. With surrender came expansiveness, feeling my energetic body expand like a smooth blanket over top of me, seeing my body calm and still, my awareness watching what was really happening, but just observing. When the timer went all I noted, "I'm not done" and stayed still, using the increased awareness to work on my Sankalpa. When I finally rolled to my side I was energized and ready for my day. When practiced, I've discovered, and practiced actively Savasana energizes me, when I miss the practice I feel groggy and sleepy. At first it seemed like twenty minutes of uselessness, but now my ability to practice relaxing and now surrendering is something I'm learning to take off the mat and into the uncomfortable moments when an emotion, thought, or old belief is asking for attention. In those moments I can turn things loose and transition back into my own power, essentially coming back to myself.
One of my final sources of inspiration: Fall Out Boy My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.
This has been my go to song because it ignites in me the passion I want to live by...the fiery passion and drive of being a catalyst for positive change in the lives of those around me.