“If your right is wrong, then it follows that any attempt on your part to be right will produce the wrong result. Rather, it is better to be prepared to be wrong. This leaves the way open for real right to take place.” Patrick Macdonald
At some point during this past weekend’s retreat in Covington, I heard myself uttering the same words in the same exact way that I’ve been issuing instructions for over a decade. “Do this and don’t do that to avoid compressing your lower back in blah blah pose.” I’ve said it countless times while demonstrating this pose because it has always seemed like a valid and precautionary bit of advice to relay to my students. And yet, to my astonishment, just as the words were coming out of my mouth about what not to do, the sensation that I had in my spine was exquisite. “How could wrong be so right?” I wondered. I have continued to ask myself this question over the last few days, and some startling revelations have emerged. It seems that when stripped of the aesthetic associations that we may have as to how a particular pose is supposed to look, we allow ourselves a precious opportunity to experience the way it truly feels. If we can continue to listen keenly to the murmurs and whispers of our inner body, we can receive valuable information as to which way we need to go in order to feel whole, integrated, and deeply at ease. I’ve been doing this practice for 19 years and in the last few days I feel as though I’m starting over from scratch. That might sound terribly depressing to someone who is newer to the practice and is finally feeling a sense of accomplishment at having gotten over the hump of super tight hamstrings. But I assure you, it’s wonderful! Everything feels wide open again! I am in love with yoga as I’ve never been before.
Can you tell that I am itching to share my enthusiasm? Some of you have been experiencing “opposite day” in classes this week because I’ve been saying the exact opposite of what I’ve been encouraging you to do (or un-do) for the last several years. I appreciate your willingness and openness to voyage with me through these experiments. And if you’re up for even more, I’d like to cordially invite you to this Sunday’s extended practice. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had an extended practice session, and this one promises to be fun and original. I’m calling it “Against-the-Grain Yoga” and you can sign up easily by visiting the web site or by clicking the big button below.
I hope that you are having a wonderful summer and that we get a chance to connect real soon.
P.S. Don’t forget that we only have 20 spots available for the 2014 Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program. Several applications have come in recently, so if you’ve been considering it, now is the time to act!