Acroyoga, Yogainthepark

AcroYoga and the Importance of Receiving

Halie as flyer in Folded Leaf on me (Kate) as base.

Halie as flyer in Folded Leaf on me (Kate) as base.

So Tuesday was a glorious day. The weather, the community, the acro! I am still tingling from the hype a day later. But, it didn’t start out that way.  The morning was filled with anxiety, tension, stress in my shoulders, sore wrists, difficult communication…and various other things encapsulating my brain space with negativity.

Me in Bow on Chris Goodrich as base.

Me as flyer in Bow on Chris Goodrich as base.

Luckily, the day I had planned involved pretty much nothing but yoga.  As soon as I stepped onto my mat the energy within me began to shift.  My mood began to lift.  I started jiving with the moment, no longer pushing for what was happening next or dwelling on what happened a moment ago.. No, I was simply being with what was in that exact space, in that exact moment. It was beautiful.

Chris as flyer in Bird, working towards Free Bird in spite of my poor base skills.

Chris as flyer in Bird, working towards Free Bird on my rad base skills.

During our time at the acro jam, I noticed that I liked being the base. I’m good at basing.  I have strong, stable legs.  I am calm and ready for whatever instability my flyer is going through. I am a good base because I am a giver.  I like to support the people I love.  I am there for them before they even know they need me.  The people I love trust me and rely on to be there for them.  I am a good, strong, stable base; on and off the yoga mat.  But in order to be the best base I can be, I also need to receive.

Me, flyer, working into Free Star (OMG amazing) with Chris as my stable base.

Me, flyer, working into Free Star (OMG amazing) with Chris as my stable base.

My anxiety and stress that morning had really nothing to do with the circumstances that triggered my emotional response.  My anxiety and stress was about the fact that I had only gotten 5 hours of sleep the night before, I hadn’t taken the time to properly feed myself, I hadn’t taken a rest day in over 3 weeks.  More importantly, I hadn’t communicated to the people I love, and who love me, that I needed those things.  I needed (I need) to receive the love and support that I show.  I needed and always need to keep open that clear channel of communication.  I need transparency.

Free Star

Free Star

I am learning in order to be the best base/best giver that I can be, I also need to learn to fly.

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My theory is this: if you strive for bliss, bliss you shall find. How do I know? I live this theory every day. I'm Kate, a 30-something yoga teacher, rock climber, cozy clothes addict extraordinaire. I am here in this world, raw and unyielding, living a life of intention and bliss. This blog is a way for me to share the bliss I have found through food, fitness, and friendship. I strive for bliss every day, and every day I find it. I hope you find it too. Namaste.