cultivating stillness

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We have a new studio here in town. Actually, it has a Mount Vernon address, but it’s outside the village, up “the Belgrade Road,” and far enough away that when you stand next to your car after class, all you can hear is stillness.

In the last yin session I attended before heading to Indy, I struggled to find that stillness in my practice. I fought myself for half the class before suddenly realizing that my mind was clear and my shoulders had dropped to the floor. Our instructor, Jenna, keeps reminding us that the poses are always the same. Pigeon is always pigeon. We are the ever-changing variable. What we bring to the mat is what alters our practice. It’s such a powerful idea, and one that I hope I carry with me as I approach these new adventures we are facing.

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