Awareness brings us to the place where we begin to listen to our bodies. It begins by forcing a pose or a solution that doesn’t work. We listen. We begin to hear other people struggle with pain in a certain pose. We know we are not alone. We begin to wonder if we are doing it wrong. We watch and listen more. We hear other people that have had injuries, surgeries, joint pain. We compare. We are not all the same. We hear other people complain or struggle. We seem to be afraid to ask for help. We wonder if this Yoga is for us. We listen and learn there are solutions. We find them frustrating and sometimes more painful.
Acceptance brings us to trying some of these solutions. We try a prop. A block. A towel. A folded mat. A strap. Acceptance teaches us that we are not the same, we are not alone, and we can adapt and overcome. For some the pain and frustration is overbearing, interfering, cumbersome. Yet we know we need Yoga. We begin to feel the peaceful rejuvenation of our limbs flexing their muscles. We feel our mind come to a place of peace. We feel less pain. We try harder to overcome the obstacles that make us fear we will not complete our journey. We wrestle with the positives and negatives looking for a solution. We accept that if we keep trying, we will have a pain-free practice with a perfect pose. We listen. We compare. We wonder. We struggle to reach our goal to have a place in time that we become connected with our mind and body.
Action connects us to all our thoughts. It allows us to try a prop for a position. We can increase our flexibility by using a strap to allow us to gently guide our bodies one inch more. We can use a block to extend our reach in order to perfect our form and be comfortable to learn our practice. We can try a towel and be disappointed by the lack of support, rolling, popping and grinding of our knee. We can try a blanket only to find that it is bulky, cumbersome and without the support necessary for the balance of the pose. We can fold our mat to find ourselves stopping in the middle of our practice to fold our mat only to lose concentration, breath, and our place with the flow of yoga. We decide against the idea of suffering or quitting. We decide that there is a solution for a pain-free pose. We decide there is a product available for the comfort of our painful pose. We decide that we want to continue our practice without pain so that we can progress with a fearless desire for the mind body connection. We have found YogaKneez knee pad:)