"Inhale, prepare. Exhale, reach", she reminds us as we move through practice. It's Tuesday night yoga. A routine. We hear the familiar reminder, "Root down to rise up". They're all the same. All centered on the same guiding principals: Lay your solid ground work before you tumble over. Literally in yoga, figuratively in life. Non-yogi's might say, "Don't put the cart before the horse".
Suddenly I'm thrown off, thrown out of the reverie:
"Rise up to root down"
Wait. Did she say that wrong? No? Rise first? Am I doing this right?
So up I go, on my tip toes, hands reaching for high heavens before finally settling safely on my heels. A moment of unrooted freedom, it threw my balance for a minute after I touched down, but it triggered a lightness. And some distracting contemplation.
When is it okay - better, even - to put the cart before the horse? Is it safe to reach for the goal just as strongly in the beginning as you would later, when you have the confidence of the earth beneath you? In yoga, in work, in life, hell, in fashion - Can you wear the open toe booties and freeze a little because it gets you what you're goin' for? Sometimes, I think so. Mostly, I think not. But I'm being challenged by this lately so I'm giving it some thought. And it's seeping into my practice. Am I doing this right?