“The body can only gradually accept an asana.” -TKV Desikachar
Synonyms include: slowly, steadily, gingerly, progressively.
Another word synonymous with gradually is unspectacularly.
Most days, my yoga practice feels pretty unspectacular.
I show up. I bring breath and movement together to make various shapes. I give my body the choice to explore and, over time, gradually accept these shapes as second nature. And then I sit, ruminating in the unpredictable aftershocks of asana, attempting to remain aware and conscious of my breath.
Cooling inhalations through my nostrils invigorate trikuti (my eyebrow center).
Warm exhalations soften my shoulders.
Sometimes I feel grounded. Other times I feel a bit uneasy. I sit with all of it.
I rub my hands together vigorously, generating an immediate heat. I place my heated palms tenderly over my eyes. Opening them, I allow the warm heat to enter while gazing deeply into the swirling world inside my palms. I deepen my breath. I slowly lower my hands.
I thank myself for showing up.
However gradually, my yoga practice is healing me.
Along the way it is also revealing me.
But always at a pace I can lovingly accept.