I’m taking a yoga class called Balance and Flex Together and it is all about building a stable core along with flexibility. I watch videos of ultra runners and they leap up and down mountain sides like gazelles. When I run I look like a buffalo and am content to just sort of crash through the turns, ascents and descents. My style of running doesn’t lend itself to great finishes and makes recovery even more difficult. So I began researching flexibility and balance and everything I read said yoga as a key. I put this off for over a year because every time I have watched a yoga video or talked to people doing yoga the instructor always seems like a weird spiritual creature that I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around. One day as a bunch of us were driving down the mountain after a run one of the gals started talking about a class she was teaching at the local YMCA. She said it was yoga to music but very much combined balance, stability and flexibility. Knowing this person was a pretty solid human being from our runs I decided to take a chance. To my ever wondering brain I am finding myself able to run trails less like a buffalo and more like a gazelle.
You’re probably wondering what that little story has to do with transitions. To transition well we all must become more flexible. To be more flexible often takes nothing more than a decision on our part. In today’s partisan, bickering world there is no flexibility. This leads to a rigid lifestyle where you aren’t able to see the beauty, the intelligence or the opportunity in others’ viewpoints. As we transition from point to point, it is important that to become flexible in the way we see ourselves and others around us. The world today is trying to convince us that we have to believe one way or another and I’m here to tell you that if we have a firm foundation then it is relatively easy to be flexible enough to steer our way around the obstacles and transitions of life without losing who we really are. My favorite definition of flexible is “able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.”
The wonder of being flexible is how it allows you to interact with the world around us. Rather than just crashing through life like a buffalo on the trails, we can gracefully bound up and down mountains, saving our body, mind and spirit a lot of battering and bruises. In a life lived moving relentlessly forward there is no time for crashing through walls and mountains. #RelentlessForwardMovement