Sometimes, It is true, just because you can do something it doesn’t mean you should. I stopped doing advanced and deeper forms of asana for about a year. Partly by choice as my relationship with yoga became complex. I resisted the popularity of yoga being merely a physical practice. In an attempt to explore the deeper aspects, and honoring the inner rebel in me who often goes against the grain of what is popular- I stopped doing poses I knew I could do, because I wanted yoga to be more meaningful. I wanted yoga to be a transformation of my mind and not about achieving arm balances that I already knew I could do, or didn’t see much value you.
Somewhere in the middle of this time, another complication to my relationship with asana struck down. For about four intense months my body began to call out to me in mysterious nerve pain and fatigue similar to that of fibromyalgia. I could only occasionally practice because I was so tired all the time and nearly always in pain. I also had a lot of nagging discomforts when I would practice from overstretched ligaments weakened by deep twisting, folds and back bends. So in a way my mysterious pains were the start of letting my ligaments regenerate.
Eventually, and very fortunately, the pain subsided, and by this time my ligaments had healed. When I moved to Paris and taught my first yoga class after very little practicing for month, I was running out of breath as I tried to do a little of the class with the students, I could barely do chaturunga for the first time in years. As I continued to teach I kept instructing to lower from plank slowly into chaturunga with all of the students. Before I knew it I was strong again and because of the break, I wasn’t overstretched. I stopped experiencing the pains of overuse. I no longer practice the same way anymore. I focus on building strength and stability and don’t do every pose just because I can.
Now that my body has recuperated, I occasionally play around with poses that I used to do and am amazed that I can still do them with a little practice. I recognize for me now that the value of doing more advanced postures is to remind myself of my bodies potential and capacity.
I am reminded that doing things like this are a celebration of what I have the skill to do. So while it's true you shouldn’t always do things just because you can, it’s also true that if being able to is combined with being safe- then in fact it can be incredibly empowering. I don't believe in doing yoga every damn day per say. I know that’s bad for business. But, I do believe in meditation every damn day, or a simple yoga practice indeed. These days I have found an appreciation for being playful with postures for the little sake of doing exactly that- being playful...period. It is really as simple as that. Play. Celebrate your beautiful temple of a body that is carrying you around all day long. Do things that make you feel strong and capable and full of potential, if only for that reason alone. I've realized that in fact, it is a good enough reason.
Hailing from a suburb of Toronto, I moved to the West Coast of Canada in 2004 to study Environmental Science in Victoria, BC. Always passionate about the health of Mother Earth and the health of those who occupied it. I studied yoga in India in 2007 returned to Vancouver in 2008. I taught yoga and worked at one of Vancouver's leading Naturopathic Clinics as a Clinical Associate. I continued to study yoga with some fantastic and respected North American teachers and returned to India for more studies in 2011. Now, I live in Paris, France and teach both group classes and privately. My aim is to bring about improved well-being, in whatever form is required.