TAKING FLIGHT // PATRICK BEACH WORKSHOP
Strength, form, growth, courage, having a bit more faith in yourself than usual, are some of the thoughts I have when I reflect on our time with Patrick Beach. I have been thinking about this post for over a week now. I think I needed some time for it to all sink in. I was on a yoga high that I haven't had in a long time. Not only did I get to practice, learn and grow with Patrick I had the privilege of meeting a great person.
When we have presenters come to our studio (not that it happens all of the time) all I want to do, besides taking class from them, is pick their brains and ask an overwhelming amount of questions. When you have a resource in front of you, wouldn't you want to research it?! Sorry, this is sounding like a school project or some science experiment, but I want to know what makes this person tick. What was their journey to arrive, out of all the places in the world, in Lee's Summit, MO?
I selfishly was lucky enough to do this! I had an opportunity to show Patrick our city and enjoy conversation. But we will get to this in another post.
I always try to explain to people the importance of workshops. They give you a chance to experience a new type of practice. Hopefully push you in a way that you haven't been pushed lately and have light bulb moments. I can say I experienced all of the above. Although this workshop was primarily about inversions, which by the way, I have yet to be able to do by myself, I learned so much more. I knew that doing handstands for a day wasn't going to have me doing them in the city streets, but it gave me the time to understand. That's what workshops provide. They allow you to take the time to explore, fail, explore some more, and potentially have success.
I love new information. Learning what can seem like the simplest of things can sometimes have the biggest impact. I know the importance of hand placement during my yoga practice, but then taking the time understand what the creases in my wrists can teach me, or learning the details of the muscles in our hands and how the pressure you apply can relieve stress in my wrists…! MIND BLOWN. Sounds silly to some I am sure, but to a yogi… moments like these can change the way you go through your practice. I think the human body is a freakin amazing thing. The things that we can accomplish when we learn to use body and mind together… to get them working in unison… amazing things start to happen.
We were fortunate enough to have yogis come in from all over the midwest to learn from Patrick. We had people from all over: Missouri, Texas, Illinois, and Idaho, if I remember correctly. My mom and I always get excited to have new people in the studio! It is the same as having people in our home. Not only is it exciting to even get presenters to come to our studio, but then to have people come and support it means the world to us.
We did a lot of partner work the second day of the workshop. A lot of trust in yourself and in your partner happen. That's where that faith and courage come in!
Again, so much appreciate to all of you that joined us for Patrick's workshop! I'd say in the 10-11 hours of yoga we all did we definitely took flight! It was a weekend that I soon won't forget!
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