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Today’s practice was written by Claude Marechal. The principle posture was a held Bridge. I couldn’t help but reflect back on how Bridge has changed for me and changed me. When I started yoga, it was the one posture I hated but it didn’t take too many classes to figure out, this Bridge thing was going to be part of yoga for a long, long while, so I needed to get over myself.

Suck it up, princess… and I made my peace with Bridge. I slowly moved from “Good grief, this crap again” to “Oh well… take the good with the bad.” So today it was a nice observation to realize I was not just doing Bridge because it was called for but truly enjoying the experience.

I’ve been working with the posture for about 6 or 7 months now. I have an injured left shoulder that needs strengthening and flexibility along with some serious postural issues. Bridge was selected as a therapeutic option as I try to rebuild that joint. Somewhere over that period of time, my attitude towards it has changed and softened.

Abiding practice and the capacity for yoga to change us in subtle and fundamental ways — you’d think I’d be used to it by now but it still surprises me when I find it.

Now, it’s off for my final dayshift of this cycle — this would be number 4 — I will be grateful to see it over.

Have a peace-filled day and thanks for reading,

Namaste,

Kate

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About Kate MacKay

I'm a certified Viniyoga teacher, in Fredericton, NB. I was a 9-1-1 operator and emergency services dispatcher for 22 years. Surprisingly, the two worked well together, or as I liked to put it, from the sublime to the ridiculous -- all in a day's work. I'm currently off work as a result of a stress-induced cardiac condition that's thrown a few crimps in my lifestyle. I'm not actively teaching yoga in the classroom right now and probably won't for several more months. That said, this blog is one of the forms of practice I can do and I thank you for joining me in this exploration of all things yoga.

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