We’re starting this year as any new year full of expectations, intentions, and a lot of hopes for the future. And that sometimes can carry or bring anxiety in some of us about the unknown. It’s tricky to keep fears out of the way and our lives when there are so many challenges around the world. But, let’s be real, we can create and balance the life that we want, if we keep ourselves centered and focused in what we envision.
I’m going to bring the analogy of a tree to understand how able we are to keep our dreams real. When we look at an actual tree, we can see probably its strength, its beauty, its flexibility and probably its magnificence. The trees faces different kinds of challenges all the time, from seasonal to the unexpected. But they stand still and strong until the last minute.
A tree can be a reflection for our lives. That’s why in yoga, we’re admirers of nature and in this case of the trees journey. In yoga we practice tree pose (vrksasana) for balance, stillness, length and focus (and actually for many more reasons). And as simple that it looks, it can also be very challenging.
In a tree pose we practice to root our feet for stability, we practice length for lightness, we practice hugging our core for strength, we practice to balance our spine for support, softness in our hearts for trust, we practice to keep our eyes still in a point for focus and maybe extending our arms to the sky for length, balance and to put all these steps together.
It’s interesting and funny to encounter that each side of our body behaves different than the other or that one day we are spectacular in the pose and the next day we just can’t do it. And actually that’s completely normal. We’re constantly living different challenges everyday. And as a tree faces a sudden strong winds, earthquakes or storms, we can face sudden changes that can challenge our balance. But as a tree, we just need to stay focused, centered and strong on our goals.
Let’s remember that the goal of yoga on the mat is to bring our life experiences into a physical and mental practice. If we bring this practice out of the mat, we can be ready to be still, balanced, strong and flexible to any challenge and experience. When our practice is consistent, we can see and encounter the challenges and just see them flow around us, and we can be free from attachments or fears for the unknown, because, we can know that we’re the creators of our own reality. We have the opportunity to decide to balance our spine to lay back on it, centered within our core and our heart for strength and we can focus our eyes ready and confident to the beauty of the unknown.
The light in me, recognizes the light in you,
Namaste - Cecilia de la Rocha
Cecilia de la Rocha is founder of Yoga By Cecilia de la Rocha, a creative and enthusiastic yoga instructor with professional training in hatha & anusara yoga. Always willing to share more with people in a different, loving & fun ways. Her teaching is an innovative fusion of yoga, metaphysics, mindfulness and shadow work that has taught many families, from moms to be, to kids, to adults of all ages and limitations, and to celebrities who want to incorporate yoga as part of their lifestyle. She loves to facilitate private and group workshops. For more information about her work, please visit: www.yogabyceciliadelarocha.com