The struggle IS real (and necessary)
Many people (my younger self included) share the limiting belief that struggle is a problem, something to be avoided. Here’s the thing, without struggle there is no growth and no transformation.
When I think of transformation, I see the butterfly in all its magnificence. During metamorphosis, a caterpillar becomes a chrysalis. The process of the chrysalis transforming into a butterfly is long and painful. However, that process must be completed in its own time, by the chrysalis without any outside help. If we were to watch the struggle and try to help, say by clipping the outer portion of the cocoon, we would interrupt wing formation and the butterfly would not develop as it should. The butterfly wouldn’t reach its full potential without struggle.
One of the most memorable learnings in Yoga Teacher Training was quite simple, “Struggle = Growth”. As an adult, I have the luxury of being able to think back on the difficulties I had in my life and how I overcame them. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Without ongoing struggle (from time to time), I won’t reach my full potential. For my children, even though it is the hardest thing to do, I try to let them struggle so that they will reach their full potential as well.
Yoga teaches us that struggle isn’t the problem, it’s our resistance of it that causes suffering. We cannot transform without some work and hardship. If we accept struggle for what it is and work through it, we grow and change. Not surprisingly, Yoga also provides tools to help us accept difficulty and find our way through. This is a continuous practice.
Yoga is so much about awareness. For me, awareness opens up amazing opportunity. If we are aware of our struggles and the perceptions that fuel them, we move away from resistance and toward transformation.
At the YogaLife Institute, there are so many offerings that support our growth. It is a warm yoga home that accepts us as we are and provides space to reflect on our unique path. I invite you to review the classes and workshops offered by YogaLife and to visit the studio.
In the spirit of growth,
Libbie views every experience as an opportunity to grow and serves to support others in doing the same. She completed her 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training and Level 1 Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training at the YogaLife Institute. Through the teachings of the institute and her own practice, she has learned that Yoga is a powerful force in transforming stress. Even though many of its teachings are simple, they are not always easy. For Libbie, practicing Yoga both on and off the mat, is always worth the effort.
As a working mother of two, she experiences the joys and struggles of juggling self, family, and work every day. By channeling Yoga's powerful practices, Libbie serve as a guide, so individuals can learn to find and listen to their inner voice of wisdom and transform their relationship with stress.