The Yoga of Transformation at the Yellow Barn – Day 6

This blog is the sixth in a series that invites you to experience the Yellow Barn’s 10-day Yoga of Transformation, guided by Gary (Anandasagar) Majchrzak, a nationally renowned yoga teacher and instructor.

One of my favorite passages on pain is what Kahlil Gibran writes in his classic, “The Prophet”: “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

ImageEach day In Transformation Yoga I approach my mat with the intention to learn from my practice. My mind rarely wanders for the three hours I’m there due to the intensity of what I’m doing. I think that is true for all of the yogis whom I practice with at the Yellow Barn. Our poses and pranayamas require concentrated focus to push us past what we believed to be our physical and mental capacity.  At times, it seems like we hold the poses for an eternity and every muscle is quivering in agony. But we stay in the pose. We face the pain and gradually we release anything that doesn’t serve us. We face the pain to learn from it. We face the pain to heal ourselves. We face the pain to empower ourselves. I believe I can speak for the other yogis and say that we have all found pain to be a great teacher during our practice.

Our Yoga Instructor is Gary Anandasagar, and he wrote an eloquent and thoughtful article on the importance of pain, its purpose, and its blessing. Here is a passage from that article.

The fear that we attach to pain, is when the mind gets involved.

But pure pain, bare pain can be observed objectively or subjectively,

however you want to look at it.

The mind and body are interrelated and mind can distort just simple

pain by attaching fear to it.

Then we have lost our power of discernment.

Pain doesn’t mean anything is wrong.

In fact pain is never wrong, pain means pay attention, and take

action if necessary.

But mostly pain needs to be witnessed.

Pain is valuable.

But one wants to suffer.

And mostly, no one wants to see others suffer.

But what gives you the right to try to take someone else’s pain

away from them?

Pain is the journey to healing.

After the pain is joy.

I have seen countless examples of people who have gone through

an asana for a length of time, staying in the pose and going

through all kinds of changes, moaning, groaning, crying, shouting,

screaming, feeling excruciating pain and when the time is up and

they are told to release the pose, after spending all this time in

PAIN, they start laughing!…laughing? Smiling, making their way

into shavasana with joy, feeling bliss, more relieved.

Why?

Because they have finally passed through the pain that was stuck in

their bodies.

The finally let go of the trauma, the emotional blocks, the mental habits,

the energy was released and allowed to flow again and it feels GOOD.

You have healed yourself, because no one else can.

Pain is the journey to healing.

 

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