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It's All Yoga

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My first introduction to the practice was thru that of asana - the third limb of Patanjali's 8-limbs of yoga. Quite simply translated - it means -  'to sit'. To find stillness within the structure of the pose. To find a comfortable seat within the discomfort. To find the ease in the un-ease.

To stay present. To connect. To observe.

I began with a beginner's body and mind. Every one of the poses was new - stretching and testing my comfortable edge....challenging every fiber of my ordinary being. I learned to feel. I learned to believe. I learned to trust in the process. And - most important - I learned to love the practice of simply showing up...of opening up...of allowing my body and heart to lead.

I learned to breathe. Longer and slower and deeper than I'd ever breathed before.

That first introduction happened well over a decade ago. The physical - asana - practice has become a part of what I do - everyday - without question or thought or doubt. The edge that first challenged me keeps moving - deeper and deeper and deeper...and farther away. What was once simple has now become complex.

It's not just the practice of asana. It's all 8-limbs combined.

It's my body...my heart...my soul...my mind.

This asana practice has become my outer expression of my inner harmony and peace. It's become my space in which I connect with my center...my ground...my creativity and innermost self. This seemingly simple asana practice is where I've found home.

And now - with that asana practice as the foundation - I find myself stretching and growing into a new creative edge. Testing my mind. Pushing its boundaries. Challenging its self-limiting beliefs. I'm seeking out that comfortable seat...that ease within the unease...and the prize that abides right there in the heart of the pose.

I show up everyday. Step by step...breath by breath - I see my new projects slowly unfolding.

The lessons I've learned on my mat - I carry with me into this new land of book-making and other creative endeavors. Like asana - it's all a one long vinyasa....a flow....a practice....a new and uncomfortable seat.

In the end - it's all yoga. Isn't it?

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Reader Comments (13)

It truly IS, dear Marcie. That was a lovely read, my friend. The centering/grounding you found in Yoga is a thread that runs through all your prose, photographic images and other creative endeavors. I don't know your physical voice, but when I read your words, I "hear" you in a very calming tone and manner... and I relax. Thanks for that.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSydnee Crane

I'm glad Lance passed this on to me. Drawing the connection between your asana practice (exploring your edge and finding your center as you experience ease within yourself) and your self expression in photography (feeling free to explore and challenge yourself off the mat) is enlightening and encouraging.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Ozier

Amazing simplicity.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

What a beautiful post, Marcie. Just today, I finally decided that I've got to take better care of my body. I'm going to exercise and eat much, much better and yoga could fit right in. The idea of stretching and really relaxing into the poses sounds delicious.

March 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Marcie this is an exquisite expression of both the practice of yoga and in fact the practice of anything new and challenging. I took up yoga only 6 months ago and I am very much in that beginners state and your writing has me falling in love more deeply with my new practice. Thank you

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Main

Officially inspired!

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

I enjoyed your words as much as the accompanying photograph!

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArnd

This image - such wondrous subtle simplicity. I just started my first yoga class in January - it is the highlight of my week.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Such a whisp, like a pebble on a beach. I wrote about yoga last week.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

My teachers have always taught me that our practice is actualized off the mat and the zafu… and truly every moment is an opportunity to practice, integrate, explore, be curious, teach, learn, teach, learn.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Hegfield

That was beautiful, Marcie. I can see the yoga in your photography... and I'm oh so curious to see the books you create.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony Harrison

WOW Marcie. What a majestical life you've been surrounded by....So pleasing emotionally and so blessed by G-d...And you deserve it too....

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne Baehr-Robertson

Yoga is amazing! I've been doing it almost everyday for the past 7 months and the days that I've missed, I just off. I've never connected it with creativity and pushing limits before, but it totally makes sense!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMayan Tran

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