For the majority of my life, I've struggled with boundaries....
It wasn't until I hit rock bottom, during my 30th year, that I realized Boundaries are born from Self Love & Self Respect. It was at this point, that I made the conscious decision to love myself enough to do the work. To face all the heartache and dysfunction I had been running from. I choose to say "enough is enough" is my own crazy shit!
It took several more years of therapy, my first yoga teacher training, and some really bad mistakes to begin to embody Sustainable Boundaries. Ones that are true to myself, yet not rigid, lacking empathy nor the space for connection. Boundaries that enhance my desires of living a connected healthy & happy life. Ones that act as a container when life becomes turbulent and unseemingly out-of-control. My Sustainable Boundaries help to guide me, where I can truly connect with my Creativity, Love, and Radiance.
To continue to embody Sustainable Boundaries, I layer practices where I recognize AND choose to listen to listen to them. In yoga, there are so many opportunities to move in a way that truly honors my body's limitations....there are as equally, if not more, opportunities to not move in a sustainable way. When I mindfully practice "Lord of the Dance" (Dancer/Natarajasana) I respect my lower back by cultivating strong physical boundaries around how deep I choose to take the pose. For me, Dancer is a pose that I can go to the limber extreme without any real pain at the time....it's later that I deal with the consequences. Moving in this mindful way on my mat, intentionally reinforces my Sustainable Boundaries....making the healthy pattern easier to access off of my mat.
If this post resonates with you, I would love to hear how you create Sustainable Boundaries within your life...
photo credit Vanessa Cerday Photography
Balasana or child's pose brings the gaze inward by calming our energy and creating a calmer inner landscape. Physically the pose releases the hips, lower back and stretches the ankles.
Coming into child's pose by bringing the big toes together to touch. Spread the knees just far enough for your lower torso to gently rest on the upper thighs.
Place the palms face down on the thighs, inhale to cultivate length from the hips to the shoulders and out through the crown of the head. Maintain this length as you slowly walk the hands forward, reaching toward the front of your mat, until your forehead gently rests on the earth (or a pillow for support). Actively spreading the fingers to stretch the palms and fingers.
As you inhale fill into the back body (the area around your upper hips) and exhale invite in heaviness into the front side of the body. Release tension in the neck by rocking from side-to-side on the forehead or third eye center. Focus on the sound or path that your breathe takes to allow the connection to deepen the connection to the true Self.
If this pose is new to your practice, begin with 1-2 minutes and build-up in small increments.