“Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and eventually the joy inside will look out to see who is there.” – Rumi
I really like this quote. It personalises a benefit of yoga and I think the style of it makes it more encouraging and might make you more inspired to keep up with your practice. Who doesn’t want to walk through a door of joy?
Like anything in fitness, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to see results after one day. So, they say, stick to it, you’ll see results and then that may work as motivation for you to continue. This quote looks at that in a different way, and I love this about yoga. Because it’s not just about results, it’s kind of like unlocking a part of yourself the deeper you go into your practice and I’ve never found anything else that focuses on the inner and outer you like that. Now you may sit there and think, “you’re exercising, how are you unlocking a part of yourself? It sounds silly”. It may sound a bit strange, and I’m not super far into this yoga journey of mine but, I believe this. If you ‘keep knocking’, if you open your mind to what the yoga life and practice can do for you and allow yourself to flow with it, the joy really will open the door to you.
I don’t think I can say I’m ‘through the door’ into joy yet. But I have been doing daily practices for a while now, and with every little achievement, with the progress, I can see and feel in my practice, I feel so much joy. I’m trying to open my life to yoga and I am really trying to incorporate more of the yoga way of thinking into my daily thoughts and feelings. I’m trying to live more in the moment, I’m trying to be less stressed about things and not let small things bother me as much. Little things, but I think, although it will take time until this becomes easier and more like second nature, it is making me happier and a bit lighter, in a way. Because I’m letting things go.
I recently completed a couple of yoga challenges on Instagram focused around hip openers and the splits, and on the last day, I tried to slide all the way down into splits. I didn’t think I would get there, I kept sliding slowly downwards waiting for the tightness in my legs to come. But it didn’t. And I went all the way down to the floor. And I was so happy I waved my arms around saying, “I did it!” Now, it’s not all about achieving poses, I know that. But it’s such a sense of achievement and it proved to me that, if I can focus, keep up with my practice and achieve splits, what else can I do if I just put my mind to it? Obviously, there’s plenty of other things that are a lot more difficult to achieve than splits, but, I’m inspired. I believed I could do it and worked for it, and it came to me! On that logic, anything is possible if you put your mind to it!
I think yoga is challenging me not only physically but mentally to really test what I can do. What can I do with my yoga practice? What can I do with my life? It’s not just about moving your body in cool ways or being strong enough to lift from crow into a handstand, it’s about this journey. It’s about practising yoga, challenging yourself, realising the spark and specialness that you have inside of you and using that to change your life.
I’m not saying you have to make time every day like the quote says, once I’m back at uni as well as working I know I may struggle some days to fit a good yoga sesh in. But, just try and give time to yourself as much as you can. Believe in yourself, put trust into the practice and you will be well on your way to changing your life, being your best self and having joy embrace you.
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