It's been 22 years since my first yoga class. I can hardly believe it. I've recently taken beginners yoga classes again and I've discovered that my adjustments are more subtle, but more than that, my listening capacity has increased tenfold since my first class.
I used to focus on pulling my major muscle groups into the pose and now I am increasingly observant in every transition and every aspect of my being in space and time and I never strain my breath. I truly feel like I just started - properly this time and better prepared for less injuries. I'm wildly interested in the small details.
This is a remedy for Pitta mind - to begin again and lose the momentum of achievement is somewhat disastrous for the ambitious one. I once told a Pitta stranger person that I used to give myself the remedy of walking halfway up a mountain and then turning around and going back down again (before hitting the pinnacle). Their whole face contorted and I was promptly dismissed me as a lunatic.
Once I took the pinnacle out of the picture, I just....walked.
Yoga Nidra is a yogic technique which connects your Sankalpa (desire) with the mode of receiving the desire, which is pure awareness and relaxation. The greatest paradox we have is that the mode of receiving is based in effortless being.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson