A constant in my life for the past few years has been the presence of my yoga practice. If you have ever taken a yoga class before, you have likely heard the phrase “root down to rise up.” What does that even mean?!
In a yoga class, that phrase alludes to creating a solid, focused base and working your way up the body to allow your pose to grow. What about in life, though? How can we use this intention, root to rise, to encourage personal growth?
After being slapped in the face with some self truths regarding my inability to be vulnerable, I’ve been on a serious quest to examine how I can grow as a human. Not just adding new skills to my resume and calling that growth. In order to grow, I need to root down. I need to reinforce my foundation and overload my being with self-love and acceptance. What better way to do this than diving head first into my yoga practice?
Right around the time of my birthday about six weeks ago was when I really began contemplating this concept of rooting down in my life, in myself. The idea of a yoga teacher training is something I have flirted with on-and-off for awhile, but never did it because I was afraid I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t ready. Helloooo, resistance to vulnerability. It’s like the theme of my life. Anyway. I was talking to my bf about it and he gave me just the push I needed to sign up. Now, my YTT starts next month and I am eagerly awaiting our first assignment to come in.
To really root down in my journey of self-love and acceptance, I’m working on practicing daily and journaling about it. It’s okay if I don’t meet all of my goals. It’s okay if I miss a day or two or three. My primary goal is to be alright with wherever I am.
This morning I showed up on my mat for about 25 minutes. My cozy bed and the cold air made getting up so hard and I wasn’t feeling like being creative. Sun salutations FTW. Could there be anything more foundational? My hamstrings were so tight I couldn’t even touch the floor when I first started. My chaturanga still needs some serious work, so I was practicing with my knees on the ground. But I was there. And I felt better laying in savasana knowing that.
That’s already an improvement in self-love and acceptance. Being vulnerable with myself is allowing me to know myself, creating deeper roots. The deeper the roots, the greater the growth in rising up.