From Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth:
“We are born into the bodies that are fluid and free.Yet for most of us, this state of grace is sadly short lived. Judgment, emotional wounds, fear, and loss become stored deep inside our muscles and bones, leaving us with shoulders that sag, hips that are locked,arms that can’t reach out,hearts that beat behind a stone wall.When we move our bodies we shake up firmly rooted systems of thoughts, old patterns of behavior and emotional responses that just don’t work anymore. Rhythm, breath, music and movement become tools for seeing ,then freeing the habits that hold us back.When we free the body, the heart begins to open.When the body and the heart taste the freedom, the mind won’t be far behind.And when we put psyche into motion, it will start to heal itself.
Often times I seek inspiration through others’ writing and wisdom. It is true, when we neglect our body and mind we neglect the foundation of which what makes us human. We need to allow our minds to move fluidly before we can allow our body to move along with it. If we are ailing from something, most likely it’s rooted within our psyche, primarily. The disease state and lack of confidence in your practice stems from simply that your mind is telling your body that it is not ready for the pose. One must prepare oneself before undertaking yoga and that preparation starts within the mind. What is the largest obstacle in all the practices I see? Again, it starts with that negative energy; people simply underestimate what they are capable of and immediately shut down. Next time you have a practice, consider meditation prior to so you can prepare your mind for what your body is about to commit to. Sweat Your Prayers coincides with my mentality and and has allowed me to expand my practice. This book will hopefully expand yours too!