“Habits allow us to not think about what we’re doing . . . giving us the illusion of ease. When we are under the illusion of ease, we are not thinking about what we’re doing. Breathing the same old way, moving the same old way, thinking the same old way we check out of the present, out of happiness itself.” ~ Alex Levin
Habits can be our greatest asset or our greatest handicap. So many of my students come to me with deeply ingrained habits of slumped posture, shallow breathing, and tension in places I didn’t even know tension could exist. Whether you are a yoga student, a voice student, or just a student of life, much of your progress will hinge on how quickly you can recognize and correct these habits. In a world full of distractions, it is so simple to lose focus. Many people simultaneously watch TV, work on the computer, text friends on their phone, and eat dinner. In full disclosure, I’ve been guilty of this on several occasions. The sad thing is, this situation has become commonplace. But, how can this constant pull on our senses be conducive to good work? How can you break all of your deep-set habits if you are not fully aware of what you are doing and what your body is doing at all times? Whether you are singing, practicing a complex inversion, or just washing the dishes, if your mind is wandering, you will not be aware of every minute detail or be able to correct yourself as necessary. Anything worth doing is worth doing right with 100% of your focus, all the time. It’s amazing how quickly you can change your body, your mind, your voice, and your life when you fully devote yourself to the task. So, the next time you are practicing, put that phone on silent, shut the door, tune out, and just be present. Who knows? This might become a new habit!
#bestrongin2015 challenge day 7: dolphin pose. Be present. Each day. Each moment. Each breath. Embody your body. Embrace your mind. Be present in you. Always.