The above is a great little Adho Mukha Vrksasana demonstration video by Kylie Rook from Yoga With Kylie while wearing her Courage My Love Yin Yang legskin tights. We love how Kylie spreads her yoga around the world. Kylie is a huge fan of Courage My Love and enjoys the colour, artistic stories and versatility of our products.
While there are plenty of yoga mechanical how-tos on the web – here’s a good one from Yoga Journal – yoga poses are not only about the physical aspect. In fact, yoga poses can stir up and harvest a great deal of personal challenge and growth if you are prepared to be open to the unseen aspects of yoga. You may do yoga because it’s good for muscle toning or for becoming more flexible, but at some point you will have probably noticed that yoga also impacts your stress levels, energy and emotional resilience as well.
I remember when I was going through my divorce 5 years ago. Nothing can prepare you for the emotional pain that a divorce from your spouse can induce. Even though I wanted the best for both of us, the pain of separation and having to address every little issue of our 10-year shared life inevitably made for rough waters at times. I have always maintained a yoga practice and find it a great way to feel centred and prepared for daily life, however, large life events are huge in themselves and even a strong practice can waiver under that kind of pressure.
I was meeting my spouse at the lawyer’s office to finalise our separation agreement which included dividing up property and child care arrangements. I was well prepared for the dividing up of property, but nothing could prepare me for discussing the child care with a lawyer. The feelings that I felt bubbling up inside me gained a strength of their own and even though we had no argument about child care, there was something about signing papers to finalise this aspect of our separation that tore me to shreds.
After the meeting, the tears needed an out. The fact that I was sitting in the public carpark with this amount of emotional stress only made matters worse. In the middle of town, away from home, where could I go to get a grip? I realised my yoga studio was only a few blocks away and believed it was in between classes, so the reception would be open, but the studio itself would be quiet. I could go there and take a breather and release these pent up tears. When I entered the building all was quiet, I popped my head into to tell the receptionist I was there but instead ran into the yoga teacher who inspires me the most at the studio. She was practicing handstands. When she asked me what was wrong I burst into tears as I sobbed the answer to her question. She led me to the change room, gave me her spare yoga clothes and instructed me to get changed and meet her back in the studio. I respected her so much that I did as she said.
When I returned to the studio she told me we were going to do handstands to help me get out of my head and into my heart. To see my life from a different angle – upside down! For the next 30 minutes I practiced along side her. I cried, I laughed, I sweated, I fell, I forgot, I settled, I felt. When I left the studio to go back into my life I was in a vulnerable, yet safe place. I felt I could face the challenges of my life with renewed spirit. It didn’t mean it was going to be easy, but there certainly was ease.
It took a lot of courage to get onto the yoga mat with such intense and present emotion, but it was just what I needed.