Several weeks ago I lucked into a solo yoga class– twice actually. I was the only student to show up for a Saturday yin/restorative class. And the teacher seized the opportunity to help develop a home practice for me to work on some particular bodily issues with which I struggle. For a few weeks I did this practice twice a day every day. Since I’ve started blogging again, the practice has dropped down to about once a day most days– and I’ve missed a few days altogether recently.
It’s a short practice- 8 poses basically. And none of them are all that dramatic. But having just done the practice after two days of missing it, I can feel in my body the difference it is making.
While practicing this morning, I remembered to turn my head in the opposite direction of a psoas twist. It was subtle movement, felt like nothing to do it, but it was astounding how much it deepened the stretch. I’ve had this experience repeatedly in yoga practice– tiny, barely perceptible movements, micro-movements as I’ve heard them called, transform one’s practice.
I tend to like to make big changes, take big steps, do big things. But this practice is reminding me that tiny, intentional shifts make a profound difference. I even think the minor shift of adding a simple, daily yoga practice to my life is what opened up my spirit to blogging again– micro-movements within micro-movements.
I remember when I first started driving I would jerk the car between lanes on the highway, turning the steering wheel much further than necessary towards the lane I needed and then whipping it back to avoid the guard rail. At some point I figured out I only need to tap the wheel. My sister commented on this once “When did you figure this out? I remember you used to do it very differently.” I couldn’t answer. I just realized, eventually, that micro-movements suffice.
I think I am living my way into the same realization in my spiritual and vocational life. Intentional, micro-movements, are the key to the transformation that will fuel the service to which I am committed.