There’s magic in asana practice. There is magic in the vinyasa flow.
The most important thing I have learned so far on my journey towards understanding that magic…
(And I use the word magic here to describe this incredible feeling I have felt. And also, for lack of a better word…)
The most striking thing I have learned… I learned banging away at my guitar one day. Long before I rolled out a yoga mat for the first time.
It was only when I was practicing for my asana and teaching practical exam, spending hours on the mat, listening to all different types of music, that I realised I was trying to ‘catch the beat’, just like playing a musical instrument or dancing..
I have come to feel now that all these things were yoga practices all along. Strong practices. Practices that among other life experiences, prepared me for being able to feel the music, the magic in a Sun Salutation. Or a Jivamukti, or Vinyasa Flow yoga class.
Once you feel it. You want more. You want to understand it. You find yourself drawn to your mat again and again, not to get a good stretch or to have a good body, although of course those thoughts drift though your mind, at least they do for me. I’m rather conditioned by social norms, although I try to be aware of this.
But when I roll out my mat, and feel out my body. I’m excited. I’m drawn in. What will happen today? It’s not even about ‘how stretchy can this pose be today’, although I have ego! I love to stretch further to feel stronger, healthier, fearless. I want that too.
But somehow some days even that sort of goes away. And I am just experiencing this continuous feeling. Completely present. Dancing through the moments with intense feelings of content.
Its so smooth.
In that moment where you feel like your body was made for you, and you were made for it and there is perfect harmony in every cell and every breath.
That’s where the music is, for me.
And I believe this feeling is transferable. Or at least..
It is my belief, from my personal experience as a student and now as a teacher. That one can be shown the means to reach the music.
The music of yoga.