Alignment is an important aspect of our yoga practice. It keeps us physically safe and supported in a pose. Proper alignment keeps us from exerting unnecessary effort.
Practicing physical alignment on my mat reminds me to find spiritual and energetic alignment off my mat.
I am having one of those off days. I can’t find things I need and am getting very easily irritated. I feel off balance and need to ask myself where exactly I am out of alignment just as when I check in with my own body in a pose or that of my students.
I haven’t stepped into my yoga room in about three days. This is so unlike me. I usually get onto my mat at least once a day, if not more. I’ve been busy and wanting to hang out with my daughter who is home from college so I’ve been staying up later which means I am sleeping in later which means I haven’t made time to practice.
Just as a tiny imbalance in the hips or spine can create misalignment throughout the body, not attending to my personal yoga practice sends ripples throughout the rest of my life.
Alignment happens when I can hear my inner voice. If it’s cluttered with crap because I haven’t been taking the time to meditate or have been merely phoning it in (which I have been doing) then I feel out of flow with myself, with my life, with the Universe.
I am in alignment when I make time to care for myself.
I am in alignment when I notice that I am out of alignment and pinpoint where I strayed, with compassion, not judgment.
I am in alignment when I really show up to my yoga practice, when I fully show up to my meditation practice.
Basically, I am in alignment when I show up fully to each moment just as it is, just as I am.