This blog is the seventh 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.
By Polly Meyer
The 10-Day Yoga of Transformation is being taught at the Yellow Barn. It’s a unique style of yoga. And the Yellow Barn is a unique yoga studio. The yogis in this class meet before dawn in a space provided by Deb Fee, the founder of the Yellow Barn. Deb dedicated this space to be a place of inspiration, learning and challenge. The atmosphere is welcoming and Deb is always there to greet you with her warm smile. Deb and her daughters are a significant part of our morning assembly. Our group is small and the experiences of those in the class are an integral part of own journey. I’ve come to rely on the strength and vulnerabilities of the other yogis in this class. The absence of even one person is felt when we come to our mats in the morning. I must say, its been an honor and a blessing to walk this transformative path with them. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life.
As we prepare to go into the Plough Pose, Gary sets the timer and reminds us to breathe in and out of our heart space meditating on Yaum. To be honest, this pose has been a challenge to everyone in the class. But each day, a yogi or two will share what they learn in this transformative pose and it gives hope to the rest of us who still struggle with it. My legs reach towards the ceiling and begin to slowly fold over my body. My muscles usually resist. This time, however, I set an intention in my yoga to surrender to the pose. I want to learn what the pose is trying to teach me. I want to trust that its okay to explore what is in this pose without being laser focused what’s not working. This time I open my heart and go into it unafraid. I feel the initial resistance in my muscles right away, only this time I ask my body to show me how to relax my muscles. I breathe into my Heart Chakra and meditate on Yaum. Instead of focusing on the pain, I accept it this time and become present with the sensations in my joints, soft tissues, breath, and mind to try to make choices within the context of this pose. And then the craziest thing happens. My muscles relax and the pain floats away. It doesn’t just go away, it floats.
This gives me courage to go deeper into the pose. No pain. Just sensations. I cycle my mind through every aspect of what I’m currently aware of, and become both a participant and an observer to my practice. I notice that I am smiling – In the Plough Pose! I continue breathing into my Heart Chakra and meditate on Yaum. I become keenly aware of where all the parts of my body are in this moment and continue to sink deeper into the pose with my knees by my ears and feet far behind my head and resting on the floor.
My intention is to be more trusting in the pose. Now I can work on being more trusting in the world, too.
Gary Anandasagar Majchrzak began practicing yoga in 1989 in Los Angeles, California. Since then, he studied numerous forms of yoga under many renowned teachers throughout the United States. Gary founded the highly acclaimed yoga school, 7Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ. He’s traveled to ashrams in India five times and immersed himself in Ayurveda, Transformation and Meditation courses. He specializes in teaching 10 and 21-Day Courses of the Yoga of Transformation, a transformative yoga he studied in Nepal.