“We Don’t Stop Playing Because We Grow Old – We Grow Old Because We Stop Playing”
–George Bernard Shaw
Some days I forget all about FUN and I don’t think I’m the only one.
As adults, I think most of us forget about playing, being silly and just having fun – sometimes we forget to just laugh – for no other reason than “just because it’s funny”.
We are all wound so tight and caught up with being serious and accomplishing all the things we think need to get done.
A lot of days I take every thing too seriously and get too caught up in the “business” of life.But I’ve been thinking more and more that silliness – not taking yourself too seriously – is definitely under-rated.
I was really reminded this past Friday night of how much I have been holding on and forgetting to just let go, have fun and be myself!
I went into the Gentlemen of the Road festival in Simcoe – I didn’t have tickets to the actual show, but neither did some of my closest friends, which worked out well for all of us!
There was stuff going on all over the place and the music was audible no matter where you were in town, so it was all good!
My mum offered to watch the wee one, so the man and I headed into town for a few hours of grown up shenanigans.
I put on my big ass hat 🙂 (Hat from 13 Reasons in Port Dover) and danced around to the music like no one was watching (and also played the random pianos in the street).
I haven’t danced around and not given a single care what the hell anyone thought in a while – let me tell you… it felt SWEEEEET.
Seriously, dancing around the streets, the porch – wherever – was an amazing act of letting go.
I did have a few drinks, and that help to loosen up, BUT this night made me remember and realize that I really shouldn’t and don’t need a few drinks to let go like this and just smile, laugh hysterically and have FUN!
It made me remember how much fun I really am – how much fun my friends are and also how much more time I should make to play and laugh and have fun, especially with my sweet baby Nash!
I laugh and do silly things with him – but a lot of the time I do get stressed about him not napping or frustrated because I want to get things done and well, he just doesn’t 🙂 I think I should just realize that what needs to get done will – and these are precious times to be a smiling face to my child and to show him that laughing and playing are some of the best things in life 🙂
Nash and I and our Janu Sirasana Variation??
This is one of those times – I was hysterically laughing.
I take myself too seriously a lot of the time as a human, woman, mom, and as a yogini.
I have a very prominent line in the middle of my forehead from furrowing my eye-brows so much – not good – or necessary.
I know that we can’t be goofy and silly all the time, and that life does call for being “adult” and serious many times – but when your physical appearance or even your physical being (your Spirit! and your insides) are affected by how seriously you are taking yourself it is time for some work – or the opposite of work-PLAY.
It is definitely time to recognize and unfurrow, unclench and let go.
Recognizing is the first part, figuring out what works for you to let go is the second (preferably alcohol-free ways of letting go) and shaking,dancing and laughing it alllll out is the third.
Oh, so simple 😀
In Yoga a lot of times we take ourselves too seriously.
We get caught up TRYING – trying too hard most of the times.
We furrow our eyebrows and clench our jaws when we are in postures that are difficult.
We get frustrated with ourselves when we can’t reach a certain posture that we think we should be able to. Or we won’t let ourselves take a child’s pose and instead just keep pushing on through a series.
A lot of times we don’t remember that in reality, we did not HAVE to come to yoga or HAVE to do yoga at all – this was a choice. Why shouldn’t it be fun? Why shouldn’t it be play time?
I love going to Christie’s Power Flow class on Thursday mornings – she always, always reminds us to PLAY. She says, “Let’s Play” – and I remember how much I love yoga, and this is MY PLAY TIME!
Yoga is like a grown up jungle-gym 🙂 Right?!?!
Playing in Long Point – My favourite pose
Someone told me it looked like a Twisted Fish- which I thought was pretty cool!
I think that many times all it takes to achieve those postures that are challenging to us is remembering Play Time – and letting go of seriousness. Even if we can’t achieve the full expression of our difficult postures we can at least get closer to those postures that seem other worldly to us at times – like some arm balances, handstands, headstands, etc.
Not to say yoga doesn’t take dedication and work – because it does. We might practice every day, and it may take us a year or more to get to a certain posture BUT I think if you have fun with your practice and with these challenging postures and don’t get pissed off at yourself when you can’t do it today or tomorrow or in a week – you will find it a lot easier to attain.
Something Meghan Currie always says when she is instructing with respect to challenging postures like press handstand is
“Someday you will, For Sure.”
I can’t do a press handstand – I can’t lift both feet off the ground yet and sometimes I’m like .. “Damnit”..
But when she says that I think – Ya, You know what, I will – Thanks Meghan.
If we are treating our practice like a battle – it will be.
Many times when I have been able to do certain postures and arm balances it has been when I am just trying things out, playing around and not over thinking.
I have been having a difficult time with headstand recently – and I know it is because I am thinking so hard about headstand, and thinking “I have to do this”, “Why can’t I do this” … etc, etc.
If I wasn’t taking headstand so seriously, I would be able to do it – guaranteed.
Denise (Atlas Studio- Teacher of the Yoga Teacher Training at the Twisted Fish) talked about handstand.
People getting into handstand so seriously.
She wanted us to move into handstand and as we didn’t just let out a loud yell “HAAAAAA!” – or like a ninja “HiiiiiiYA” as we planted our hands and moved our legs towards the sky.
Why is that so hard – to just let out a yell!
I didn’t want to – I felt embarrassed – for whatever reason.
But to hell with it – Life is too short.
Go over to the wall and try a handstand – and then try one as you are letting out any sort of exclamation you want – I bet you will be able to come to that handstand with a lot more ease the second go around.
Another place a lot of people can’t just let go and have fun is with Lions Breath (myself included at one point in my life).
Some people just WILL NOT do Lions Breath in a room of people.
Sticking out your tongue, letting out a loud breath and maybe even crossing your eyes … now if you were a little kid you would think that was the FUNNEST- and it should be.
Think of that next time you do Lions Breath – Hey this is fun – smile – who cares!!
Found this picture on Pinterest – LOVE – this is a yogini who knows what Play is all about 🙂 Lions Breath style.
Sometimes we just need to smile in our practice.
If you feel yourself holding, or clenching or furrowing – Just Smile.
If you are trying to get into some challenging posture, maybe Grasshopper or Firefly or maybe you are just having a wobbly day with Tree or Warrior III – Laugh.
Just Laugh (You probably look hillarious all furrowed and clenched with your limbs all twisted up anyways! 🙂 )
Holding a warrior, or chair pose, or temple pose for what seems like an obscene amount of time – and you are starting to get mad at your teacher for keeping you there – STOP –
It’s so easy.
This is one of my favourite yoga pictures- Yogini Ashley Albrand and her baby Satya
I think this is Tittibhasana – Firefly pose variation – but I could be wrong.
That is a hard posture – and look how big her smile is – both of them 🙂
I am reminding myself of fun as our next Yoga Teacher Training weekend approaches (only 5 more sleeps!). I have a lot of work to get done for this weekend and instead of getting all wound up and stressed out about all the to do’s – I am reminding myself how much I love yoga, and really do enjoy learning all there is to learn to become a yoga teacher. I should really enjoy this opportunity not stress about it.
It is something to be taken seriously, but with a light heart, a smile and a steady mind. Not furrowing allowed.
Here are some links that make me smile and laugh and some that remind me to be light-hearted – to play and smile and laugh.
If you’ve forgotten maybe these links will help remind you as a Yogi, a Yogini or just as a Human – to PLAY – HAVE FUN – LAUGH – SMILE – DANCE –
This Video of Meghan Curries reminds me not to take myself so seriously!
Remember to Play because yoga is beautiful and fun!
This is Marcel the Shell – if you haven’t met him yet – you should:
You Can Smile Anytime
Do it Now
Do it Often.
What makes you Smile?
How will you make time for Play today?
What Are You Going To Do Today to Let Go? To Laugh?
This is my baby Nash and Buddha
I keep this picture on my lock screen on my phone
This is my ultimate Smile.
Until Next Time,
Sending out Peace,
Kat: Posted on July-20-13 1:05 PM