664false dots bottomright 250false false 800none

    how do you know when it’s time to do it differently?

    Hi! I’m Gina and I teach the Yoga Basics Series here at It’s All Yoga. gina langbehn yoga basics

    There’s something that’s been on my mind lately, in my own life and in my yoga practice.

    How doing something new can be scary. Very rewarding and necessary, but also scary.

    This poem, called Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, sums it up. *

    Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson 

    I
    I walk down the street. 
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in.
    I am lost … I am helpless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes me forever to find a way out.

    II
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I am in the same place but, it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes a long time to get out.

    III
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there. I still fall in … it’s a habit.
    My eyes are open I know where I am.
    It is my fault. I get out immediately.

    IV
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    V
    I walk down another street.

    Copyright (c) 1993, by Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk. Reproduced with kind permission from Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon 

    Sound familiar? Boy, it sure does to me.

    How I can keep doing the same thing (that might not be good for me), until… I do it differently.

    The poem brings to light that this is not always easy, it is a progression and I can make a new choice at any time. I love the simplicity of it, the honesty in it and permission to try something new.

    What have you tried new lately? Sometimes it’s trying something again. Starting over. Whether it is new or again, the action brings you back to your foundation.

    Yoga constantly educates me, challenges me and sprinkles questions all over my life. This is why I like to return back to the basics. Sometimes I stray.

    Remembering my foundation helps to bring me back. What would it be like to break it down, simply to start again?

    If you want to walk down a different street, build up your practice or simplify what sometimes seems so complex, Yoga Basics is designed to do just that. For 6 weeks we play with the fundamentals of yoga practice. We explore the poses, there’s time to ask questions, and we laugh and have a lot of fun. Come hang out with me for the last Basics of 2016. It will be a chance to write your Yoga Autobiography. Fall session starts this Thursday.

    Get your spot.

    <3 Gina

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *