I walked into todays class with the intention to surrender.
Surrender to the heat, to the workout, to the poses that just wont improve, to my stress, to my incessant pushing to try to get better. But today, it was hot, hot, hot. Tough to surrender and let go when youre suffering.
Harriet taught the class today. Shes one of my fave teachers Shes got that kind of no-nonsense British accent and attitude and wit that makes you try harder if only not to get caned. Just kidding shes awesome and very, very good at corrections and advice and motivation to let go, relax and hold the postures.
DId I mention it was hot?
Here I was trying to surrender to the poses, relax, and breathe, but it was all I could do to stay in the room. I had to tell my mind to shut the heck up (not that politely) and stay focused on my breathing. Did the control freak in me manage to surrender well, sort of.
At least it worked pretty well until locust pose – where I snapped back into default just get me through this mode.
Does surrendering help? Im not sure what I do know is that as soon as I stopped pushing to get better at a pose and simply relax and breath into it something gave way and my body moved a millimeter deeper into it.
Although Sir Winston Churchill was probably talking about something infinitely more relevant than a hot yoga class, he was right.
It takes a certain surrender to go through difficult moments in life but give it a try.
If youre going through hell, let go, surrender and push on through. See you on the other side!