I woke up this morning and thought about what our city has been though in the last couple months: The G20 riots, a heat wave and to top it off a black out last night. So much can happen but a city just goes on; the garbage gets picked up, the street cars still run and day two of my morning yoga intensive started my day.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back, but to bounce back, we have to have something in reserve. We need to be able to meet chance occurrences, recognize and understand context, see what is unique in each person, adapt to different conditions, and respond in different ways. We need to build in safeguards and redundancies so that we receive feedback in time when something is going wrong and we have the resources to adjust and respond.
When Pat said todays class was about Resiliency I knew this was going to be a tough one. A word like that means a lot of work but I learned today that it also means keeping a bit of energy as a reserve so you can make it through. Sometimes in class I want to give it my all and bust out the best moves I can, but I have to recognize my safeguards so I don’t hurt myself. This is something Pat and Myriam taught me today, by keeping a little you can learn something about yourself from the feedback your body gives you. You can bounce back!
When I am in the Yoga Education program I plan on using this lesson in Resiliency as my secret weapon against burning out. I guess I am learning something from these morning intensives after all.