I keep telling my students to grow through the discomfort and I know it’s hard. This doesn’t mean I ask them to push hard into poses they’re not ready for…this means I ask them to tune in and choose what it is that their body needs even if it’s the more uncomfortable path in their journey. True discomfort comes with slowing down and letting go for many of us…with leaning in and taking an extra breath to create more space where we feel stuck or letting go of perfect alignment to move intuitively.
In my off-the-mat practice of life, sometimes I think to myself ‘do you really want to be this uncomfortable? why can’t you just be content like everyone else?’, but I’ve come to realize two things — 1. very few people are truly “content” and 2. I don’t really even like that word anyway, so no, self…we’re not aiming for contentment here.
What I’m asking my students to do by growing through the discomfort is to aim for depth. To move and breathe and let go in a way that allows them to expand and evolve and as a result, bloom. I’ve said this before and I’ll said it again: us yoga teachers often teach what we need to hear ourselves and we don’t have it all figured out.
A reminder to me and maybe to you: The discomfort serves a beautiful purpose.
Stay a little longer…and a little longer…and a little more.
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In wholeness and with lots of love,