The extended pigeon pose is very confrontational in that it forces me to reconcile the discomfort I feel in my hip with the need to follow my breath and remain calm. The endorphin rush from this pose is more than enough to get me buzzed.
Imagination Takes Flight
To illustrate what I mean, today I went out of my body, saw myself in this pose and approached my bowed body on the mat. I touched him and told him to continue letting go, that he was on the right path and he was loved. I then had visions of flying in big blue summer sky like as an eagle, perfectly safe and free in the air. It felt light and expansive, all in utter control. (I don’t even like heights). I imagined a bubble of light around me, cradling me in deep silence and peace without any thoughts or distractions to invade my place. I am powerful to create these images. The feel real and so they are real.
I Have the Power to Choose and I Will Use It
Empowerment is a very big gift of yoga. It shows I can do this and let go too. I repeat to myself, “I choose to be here, I am here, I choose to let go and let be.” And it helps so much.
Practice makes second nature. Even in the short eight days since beginning this journey, my familiarity with the practice has allowed me to synthesize the motions, poses and connections between my body, mind and soul. They are blending. My mind quiets more easily and readily, sooner in the practice. Distractions from this world fuzz out into a vast sea of white noise. I awaken in another world within me that is like discovering a lost city. I am awakening to things I did not know existed. To think, they have been here all along! How amazing. How humbling. What else is there that is waiting for me to find it?