Last night, my husband and I were talking about the different requirements of his clients. He is a painter and decorator and mainly works on older properties in the area; those usually requiring quite a bit of preparation before he paints.
We discussed how a few people just want a lick of paint to make things look good and yet, he knows this won’t last and is sometimes unsure as to whether to point this out or not. They may, of course have some specific constraints, usually budget or wanting things done by a certain date. His preference is to do the job properly and to strip a door back to the bare wood if necessary, to lay the foundation for a quality job.
This made me think about how we approach yoga and the time in class or at home, on our mat. Do we want a lick of paint, or do we want to strip the pose back to the foundations, to the basics, to build on these going forward? Again, we too may have limitations, usually time, with other things in life taking priority. In Iyengar Yoga, much time is spent on the standing poses as these are the basis for all else. As my teacher once said, what use is it being able to stand on your head if you can’t stand properly on your own two legs?!
I can feel my own practice changing more and more. Sometimes a lick of paint is OK but more often that not, I am spending more time stripping back and learning so much in the process. There is always more. I am enjoying this and would love your thoughts and views. BKS Iyengar talks about creating a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. As many of us know, creating a good marriage takes time, patience and the ability to listen. A lick of paint is not enough to sustain connection, whether it be of the body and mind, or of two individuals.
And so back to the mat!