The very first day of Yoga For Athletes Teacher Training at EXOS (Athletes Performance), with Denise Hatch, I was instructed to stretch my arm out behind me with my palm up on the wall to open my chest while maintaining alignment in my shoulder. Through something so simple but finally done with more awareness, I felt an opening across my chest that can only be described as a quiet shattering. I was peacefully ripped open and allowed a view into my greatness. I felt and saw an indescribable view of my potential; I received answers to questions I had never thought to ask! These blessing were meant to fill the shape of my new container as they could not fit in the shape I have been living in; crouched over and seated all day.
Here's what I took away from Denise's spin on Anusara Yoga's principal of Opening to Grace.
Open to: There is no need to arrive fully opened or open all at once, but to simply be willing to set the intention and take the steps one container-expanding breath at a time.
My: I consciously create a practice that fits my original, authentic soul's purpose. The majority of my life has been borrowed from what others greatness looks like and what they see for me.
Greatness: This word is shrouded in a foggy haze as I am unaware of my own greatness. Moving forward, one breath at a time, towards my potential and happy to be surprised by what I find. Accepting that Greatness is a word that applies to Me/You.
the guided Three-Part Pranayama (breath control).