This afternoon I met up with a couple of my favorite yoginis for an afternoon yoga class. The three of us had recently been discouraged by some frustrating experiences in our personal lives, and we had made a committment to really engage in our yoga practice together. We picked this class off the schedule because it was a time we could all agree upon, but after we showed up, it happened to be the perfect class for where we were all at mentally and emotionally.
Funny how that happens, huh?
The theme of the class was "changing your perspective." The teacher talked about how oftentimes in life we can't change our circumstances, but what we can change is our perspective of any given situation. It means giving up always being right, and allowing your heart to open with love, understanding, and compassion for other people and where they're at on their own respective journey. It reminded me of what I had written about yoga and happiness the other day, and how a shift in my own perspective had truly opened me up to a new life filled with new opportunities.
We were able to demonstrate this in our class today by literally seeing the world upside down in a handstand. While it's lots of fun to play around with the pose itself, it truly does give you a new view of your world. Did you ever hang upside down as a kid and imagine what it would be like if the ceiling was the floor and the floor was the ceiling? I totally did! And when was the last time you tried it as an adult? C'mon, try it with me! You don't have to go full-on handstand to appreciate the lesson...just use your couch!
Try and go upside down for a few minutes...and see how your own perspective changes. While you're there, think about something in your life that you wish you could change right now, but can't. Maybe a new approach is in order...? (Plus, all that blood and fresh oxygen rushing to your head won't hurt things either.) :)
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