One of my favorite quotes, probably of all times, is by Heraclitus, who once said “The only thing that remains constant is change”. You may wonder what that has to do with yoga, can we please get to the video so I can move my body? But let’s take a moment to think, didn’t he really take the biscuit with that quote? (or hit the proverbial, stupid nail right on its head?!) As humans, we are programmed to be creatures of habit. We take the same way to work every day, same S-Bahn, same bike route, same time, same place. Over and over again and, oh boy do we get confused if something out of the ordinary occurs on the way. We tend to eat the same food, buy the same brands in the same supermarket, we go to at the same day(s) every week. Some of us even manage to take their vacation at the same time and place every year!
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with that. Developing certain plans and habits helps us cultivate a feeling of balance. However, I would like to encourage you to take a second look at this, and to acknowledge that Heraclitus had a point. Life happens! We can’t be in control of everything, changes occur everyday. Imagine: the S-Bahn might be late, your favorite toothpaste might be sold out, or your beloved vacation home has been rented by someone else. Terrible, right?! No, actually this is great, because it forces you to change, to try out new things, things that you might have never done before. You may not only change the vacation house, but perhaps you’ll end up visiting a complete new country. There you’ll meet new people, explore new places, eat new food, and open that space for flexibility in your mind. I know it’s not always easy, and we all know we’re speaking about much bigger changes here than simply running out of toothpaste.
This is the part where a yoga routine that encourages flexibility comes in very handy. It will help you expand that space and accept whatever change may be coming your way. By moving your body and opening it up, you are creating room for change and flexibility in both body and mind. Try this routine and let yourself feel the ease with which you welcome change into your life.
Today’s routine begins with some simple sun salutations to warm up up your body and get ready. Triangle forward bend gives your hamstrings a nice stretch, while staying easy and relaxed in your body. Moving through some low lunges gently and easily opens your hips. Revolve side angle pose twists you open, while strengthening and stretching your legs, knees, and ankles. Different variations of the forward bend open up your hamstrings and help your mind let go of whatever you might holding on to. I threw in my favorite ‘Rockstar Pose’, not just because it sounds great but because it opens your chest and makes you welcome change just that much more. Take some tranquil time at the end of your practice, seek out whatever changes maybe coming your way, and how you will manage to stay flexible when approaching them. Don’t fight it, embrace it.
Michaela has been practicing Yoga ever since she was a teenager. Having practiced many different styles with many different teachers all over the world, it was not one moment in particular but the cumulation of so many moments and that feeling of being able to create space through movement, that made her decide to become a yoga teacher herself. She started teaching in 2014 and is still an avid student motivated by the deep release and feeling of expansion body and mind receive through yoga and movement. When she is not teaching Yoga, Michaela works as a PR & Communications consultant.