Today I was thinking about how I wanted to blog on the notion of staying connected but feeling vast. I was going to wax philosophically about it in asana and how that translated to my life when I step off my Manduka. Then my eldest elf came home from seeing Godzilla and instantly gave me the words I was missing to make today’s post complete.
For the last series of days I have been in the midst of a 40 day practice of finding Tadasana every day. You can see some of these photos on Instagram by finding me there or by searching the hashtag #40daysoftadasana so you can see other glorious yogis practicing it as well. I picked doing Tadasana for my 40 day practice because it is THE fundamental asana upon which all asanas are built. The foundations you understand while practicing Tadasana can be translated to any pose whether they be the sensations or the alignment. In the answer to what came first, Tadasana or asana, the answer would have to be Tadasana. But I digress…..
So here I am in the middle of this 40 day practice to revisit the basics on and off my mat, to find connection and to expand. When today I realized that Tadasana is actually exactly what I want in my life off the mat. I want to feel grounded and solid in my foundations, but have the freedom to stretch, feel spacious and explore. I want to have everything I do be based upon my “Tadasana” so I know that with my reaching I am rooted. I want to grow and still feel like I am connected to home.
Which is how I feel in Tadasana.
So when my eldest, who is 10, came home from Godzilla today and started a conversation with me about PG-13 movies and R movies and why I would or would not let him see them, I talked to him about Tadasana. Oh, truth be told I did not say we were talking about yoga because that would have made him run for the hills. But I spoke about the principles I find in my practice in a more off the mat applicable way. I talked about how I checked out the movie first to see if it contained things that would upset him. I talked about how R rated movies have adult themes and how he’s only going to be 10 once so to savor that innocence a bit. I talked about expanding into different movies while staying in the safety of PG-13. So he could feel expansive and learn/experience/feel new things without losing his connection to security and comfort. I asked him to be ok with Tadasana and to not jump to handstand right away. I asked him to relish the simplicity and the innocence of a home base without longing to go too fast down the road of growing up.
Initially I thought he would be annoyed that I researched the movie or would not let him watch the Matrix yet. But he thanked me for making him feel safe and trusting him to see movies that were a little older than he is. He thanked me for both security and space.
He thanked me for teaching him Tadasana.
We all need to feel like we have room for expansion and growth but never at the expense of a firm rooting at our core. For all of the discussions of freedom and detachment, most of us long to feel connected and to have a home base. Rather than fighting the desire to be there, we can sink into our cozy couch and still show our soft underbelly to the world because we feel safe.
We can stretch our arms high over our heads and explore our growth while finding comfort rooted at our feet when we practice Tadasana. Then we can take this intricate combination of feelings and safely execute them off our mat as well.
Herein lies the home known as Tadasana.
Herein lies the power of Tadasana.
Maybe from now on we should give it a movie title: Tadasana: Home and Beyond. I think I’ll rate it PG-13.