I just returned from a Leadership Retreat hosted by the SLO Chamber of Commerce during which I was hurled over a 15 foot wall by a bunch of new friends. As I approached the wall, I mumbled “Ok, how do we do this?” and someone said “Just come here”. Then in 3 seconds swoosh I was somehow hanging from the top of this wall, yet I wasn’t using any of my own muscles, in fact my arms were just flailing around like a wild muppet party. Then I heard, “kick your leg, kick your leg!” and it was over. It was one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever had. I was all prepared to use my buff-chaturanga arms and demonstrate my yogi prowess. Ha.
I am participating in the SLO Leadership program this year to continue my quest to be constantly growing and learning. If you’re not growing, you’re dying, right? As much as yoga has completely transformed my life and rocks my world every single time I hit the mat, there is more to life than yoga, even I have to admit. How can I bring yoga to the workplace I am part of, how can I contribute my unique talents and skills in the best way? I am really excited about this program. I really enjoyed connecting with such a great, diverse group of people and I look forward to connecting with them more, learning about my community and how I can affect positive change in it, and how to become a more effective leader in my life. The word leader kind of sounds cheesy to me, in reality a lot of the tenets of leadership are really just how to function the best individually and as part of a group. Which, when you think of it, isn’t that far from the effects of practicing yoga.
I had a few a-ha’s during the retreat. I tend to have difficulties when going from planning to taking action when it comes to work and life projects. At some point you just have to get ‘er done and stop the over analysis and perfection. I also realized how useful it was to keep the end in sight with regards to goals and resources. I need to constantly hear how much time I have, how close to my goal I am. Bottom line: Leaders are people who get things done.
I am also in the process of reading Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar. It’s known as the bible of modern yoga and includes a thorough explanation of the practice of yoga and has an enormous chapter of postures. Every time I pick it up I fall asleep reading it. It’s driving me crazy! I need to write 6 book reports to complete my yoga certification requirements and I feel like it’s taking me forever. Even though I love what I’m reading and learning, it’s still a challenge. The first chapter defining yoga is great. I fell in love with yoga without really knowing why or what it really was, and the more I read about it, the more convinced I am that it’s exactly what our world needs.
“Work alone is your privilege, never the fruits thereof. Never let the fruits of action be your motive; and never cease to work. Work in the name of something bigger than yourself, abandoning selfish desires. Be not affected by success or failure. This equipoise is called Yoga.”
Cheers to a new year of growth and transformation!