The 216 community of yogis is rich and diverse. Each month, we invite a different yogi to share their yoga journey and demo our month’s focus. This month, we checked in with Kirsty Meares, whose discovered the power of surrender in her practice!
Namaste, Kirsty! We are grateful to have you in our community!
I walked into Yoga 216 because I was curious about yoga and liked the idea of small classes. Like most of us, I was looking to find a more peaceful way to move through my life in NYC. I miss my home by the beach in Sydney and mostly miss feeling the way I did when I lived there.
I’m relatively new to yoga and the poses have so far taught me that I don’t like to move as quickly as I can and do throughout most of each day. In Sydney by the beach, I can’t help but move with ease, it’s part of the rhythm of my daily life there. If I listen to what is going on with my body, I’d slow down here in NY. The poses act as a kind of listening device for me (a portal into another world– my inner body).
Last Sunday, I was in Esther’s class, sitting in a cross-legged pose, bending over. I ran into the usual non-movement in my hip area and I’m thinking, “I’ll never get to the ground, I’ll never have that flexibility”.
Then I heard a voice, a thought: “You are not able to reach the ground because you have had so much movement and instability in your life that your body had to create its own stability. That’s why your hips hold everything so tightly. It was your BODY’S way of finding a stillness and a stability when you needed it. You don’t have to do that any more.”
There was no miracle that Sunday in Esther’s class, I still have very little movement in my hips. I don’t mind, I understand why. I’m giving my self permission to move more mindfully through my day and giving my hips the break they deserve, they’ll loosen up one day.