The Dark. The Unknown. It can be a scary place.
Although, I am literally still afraid of the dark at 24 years old (no shame), this phrase is often meant in a more figurative way. Today, figurative met literal on my mat. I wasn’t at a studio. I didn’t have a special routine planned. I simply stepped foot on Split Pea, closed my eyes and kept them shut for (approximately) 30 minutes as I allowed my body to flow. It was the most beautiful practice.
While I was literally in the dark, my mind was able to get focused and lost all at the same time. As I sat in child pose to begin my practice, I became so aware of my breath. I found that I was surrounded by so much calm and peace that I simply wanted to stay in this safe haven I created. So, I decided to stay in the dark.
As I continued to flow, I felt self judgement be released with each breath. Although I practice yoga daily, I know my form has a long way to go. When my eyes are open during a practice, it’s so easy to look around and try to get into the pose perfectly. As my eyes stayed shut during todays practice, it just didn’t matter. Because it felt so, so good. The deep stretch, the calming of my breath, the lack of judgement. I was in my safe. I was at peace. I was embracing a dark space. A space I had created with my self, for my self.
So, although the dark can be both literally and figuratively frightening, it can also bring you to such a beautiful place. A place that may never be found if you don’t take that leap of faith in yourself.
Maybe closed-eyed yoga isn’t quite for you. But, however you approach the darkness, approach it with trust in your self, in your breath, in your body — your temple.
Namaste. The light in me, honored the light in myself today. It also honors the light in you.