When we first started this month’s Slow Home Experiment, the last thing I expected was to be brought to tears. And yet, late last week, on Day 18 of the experiment, I found myself crying on the mat as my previously uncooperative hips let me stand in my first ever tree pose.
That sense of wonder (and I know this might seem overblown, but I really did feel a sense of absolute wonder) came partly from suddenly being able to do something I never could before, and partly from the beauty of the slow changes I’ve been going through since we started the 30 Days of Yoga challenge.
I Instagrammed the moment (because of course) and my caption summed it up:
Today is the first day I’ve ever been able to stand in tree pose like this, with my foot up high. I’ve always struggled with this pose because of my hips, but when I busted it out today I actually cried. Then I made Ben take a photo! 😂 This month’s #slowhomeexperiment is teaching me all sorts of things – including the joy of gradual change and the excitement of a sudden discovery.
I went on to bust out a fairly decent crow pose on too, which saw me do a weird kind of squeally thing, rather than full-blown tears.
All that to say, this experiment is changing me. Far, far more than I thought it would.
I’ve always enjoyed the physical feeling of doing yoga – the stretching, the flexibility – but I’ve never really seen it as a full body-mind experience before. As I begin to see the changes in my strength, my breath, my muscles and my mind, I can see the massive benefits of yoga – beyond flexibility, or strength, or even striking an impressive pose and posting it on social media. I’m loving it and can’t wait to see what changes the last week brings.
Ben, on the other hand, has had a kind of crappy week. He’s still really determined to touch his toes by the end of the month and feels like a failure to do so will mean the experiment was a bust. I disagree on that and we talk a little about what we hope to gain from these experiments, as well as the fact that some days just aren’t good yoga days.
We’re also looking for your input on what our April experiment should be. We’ll be travelling for the entire month so a lot of the ideas I have aren’t going to really apply. I’m thinking about a play-based experiment, while Ben thinks we should meditate every day. We’d love to hear your thoughts though – what would you like to see us try for the month of April?Don’t forget, if you want to play along with us this month, join in and tag your Instagram posts with #slowhomeexperiment and let us know how you’re finding it. Enjoy!