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Practising in limited space or not at all?

Savannah2010-07-04 19:13:59 +0000 #1
i have a bit of a dilemma atm and would like to hear from others what might be the best way to go about this?

as i mentioned in another thread i am travelling all over the place and my practise has become a little erratic, due to space or privacy limitations, leaving me somewhat dissatisfied at times.

today i had a place all to myself, with no time or space constraints and was able to practise for and extended period, leaving me in a state of sheer and utter bliss.

i don't seem to be able to achieve this when i am practising say: inside a caravan , or on the floor of a tiny room where there is just about enough space to unroll the mat.

i am in two minds if i should continue the asanas in a cramped style, doing as best as i can, or cherish those rare moments where i have all the time and space in the world?

i COULD go outdoors but feel a little self conscious with passer bys

your suggestions?

namaste

Savannah
Nichole2010-07-04 19:25:38 +0000 #2
Hello Savannah,

Yoga is union. And that union is between you and what is, not what you wish for or what you are wishing away. Why choose? Why not continue the best you can when it's cramped, AND cherish those rare moments when you have all the time and space in the world, AND become curious about yourself when you feel self conscious while practicing your asana outside. Those ALL sound like wonderful ways to get to know yourself on a deeper level. These practices translate directly from your mat and into your life. Practice now and you'll keep your internal spaciousness when life feels too cramped, you'll know serenity when time feels too limited and you'll know your own friendship even when you feel self conscious or unsure out in the world. Practicing with "what is" develops true gratitude and this is what allows one to fully enjoy those times when things do fit just perfectly. You are so fortunate for all of these opportunities, so don't say no to any of it!

Namaste
Savannah2010-07-04 19:25:23 +0000 #3
aaaah Nichole, you are a gem

thank you for pointing out what was staring me in the face and i refused to look at, of course we don't live in an ideal world, and who's ideal would that be anyway...

Namaste

Savannah
Nichole2010-07-04 19:35:19 +0000 #4
you are welcome of course, though i am only reflecting back to you what you were showing me.

it was you.

shine on

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