I recently took a trip with my family to the Grand Canyon. My husband, 9 year old son, 72 year old father in law met at the Grand Canyon, hiked 7 miles down to the bottom and 10 miles up to the South Rim.
While I was hiking and enjoying the beautiful sites within the Canyon that most people don’t get to see (only 1% of all Grand Canyon visitor’s hike to the bottom) I was amazed how this beautiful area was created naturally. It wasn’t created by man, just years of nature letting it take it’s course, and it created one of the Wonders of the World.
As my mind wandered, I thought about how this creation related to yoga. Letting go, letting your body, mind and breath just be as it may and flow through your yoga practice naturally, without force or expectations, just doing what feels good, and letting go. As I was hiking down the Canyon, in 105 degree weather, carrying a backpack filled with water and snacks to carry us through, I took one step at a time, enjoying my breath, not letting this experience and time with my family get to fast. Watching my footsteps one at a time going slow and mindful with each step. Everybody going at their own pace, and enjoying every minute.
Even though the hike was challenging, we all enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait for our next adventure.
I encourage all of you to let your next yoga practice happen naturally without force, and just let go and see what happens. You may be surprised.