At the ashram where I got my yoga teacher certificate, one could elect to be in silence the whole day. Since my roommates and my partner are out of town today, here is my chance! To do this, I’ve decided that typing and emailing doesn’t count, since both are still inner experiences—I’m not interacting with anyone, just writing my thoughts down for myself and other people.
This is how I approach challenging asanas—as an experiment to see what is hard and what is easy for me in them, just as Marianne Elliott experiments with overwhelm:
This morning I decided that making this ‘fullness’ into an experiment is brilliant. It means that I don’t feel bad if I fall over. If I get overwhelmed, I can just raise one eyebrow and say:
“Hmmm. Interesting, so if I try to all of this and I don’t do that for a few days, I fall over. But if I have a bath and a good sleep I find myself quite restored. Hmmm. Very Interesting Indeed.”
There is no expectation to fulfill the challenge, just see where it fits with me right now.