For the past week I have been talking in classes about “Shifting your Vision”. A term my teacher Baron Baptiste uses in the 12 laws of transformation. I have found the yoga mat to be a wonderful way to demonstrate how we can shift our vision and our perspective in the asanas. The asanas provide such wonderful symbolism as so many postures are practiced with different variations, while they look quite different in the body, the results are the same. One way of demonstrating this idea of “shifting the vision” is through turning the room around to face different directions, this providing the eyes with a new drishti (focal point). Another way which I have found to be quite profound for me has been through the use of the postures.
For example, Mountain pose (Tadasana) standing on your feet, is also mountain pose when you lie on the floor on your back (savasana), as well as when you are in plank (dandasana) on your hands and feet. When we move and shift our bodies into new variations of the same shape, we shift the sensations, and where the ease and effort are affected. That with the simpleness of shifting one’s hands or feet, one can feel the shape in a totally different way and have a completely new experience. As I began to think about the different asanas and how each one has many different variations, I began to contemplate how this applies to life.
My self-inquiry brought up thoughts of perspective, and be willing to explore alternative approaches to situations. Especially those that challenge me. For me, my default is to get frustrated and angry when things don’t go as I want them to. I think this is pretty normal. Then I started to think how much easier life would be if I could pause and breathe like I do on my yoga mat, and just turn directions, or shift my way of thinking just like I shift the postures around to feel them in different ways. So as I deal with challenging situations in my life, I am choosing these days to stop, pause, and consider that my original way of looking at the situation may not be the best and only way, and that maybe a different approach will open up my life and my thinking in ways that I wasn’t even aware was possible. This new way of being has already in just the matter of one week created so much less tension and more ease in my life.
So next time you feel stuck. Pause. Breathe. Turn around a few times. Then shift your focus. Realize that there are many ways to look at or experience a situation, that there doesn’t have to be a right or wrong way. Just maybe a new way!