It’s snowing like crazy here in Chicagoland, so I decided to try some snowga for the the first time. What better time to take some lovely snowga photos than in the middle of a nice snowstorm?
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Of course I had my mind set on a balancing pose. I put on my snow boots and trudged But the moment I started to grab my ankle and kick into my ankle to come into Dancer’s Pose, I felt the unevenness of the snow beneath my standing foot. I did my best to clear myself a flat spot, but no matter what I did, I never felt steady.
After struggling for about a minute, I had to stop and reevaluate how I was going about getting into my pose. My struggling to force the post was only making me feel more unsteady. I stopped, slowed my thoughts, took a deep breath, and worked on finding a place to focus. Clearing my mind allowed me to tune in to what my foot was feeling and work along with what I was feeling instead of against it. Taking a deep breath, I finally found enough steadiness in my standing leg to come up into the pose.
As I was downloading the photos my husband took to my computer, I got to thinking about how my snowga experience was a really good metaphor for life and finding balance. We often find ourselves on unsteady ground, feeling like we can’t find good footing. We may stomp our feet around and try to change our surroundings, but ultimately the ground is still uneven. Instead of fighting that unevenness, we can always pause, take a deep breath, find our focus, and use that focus to find balance.
How do you find balance?
Have you ever tried snowga?
Favorite balancing yoga pose?