The Importance of Transitions

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Every day we face transitions.  Waking up in the morning, getting ready for work, even down to the smallest details of breathing in and out.  Most of the time we go through life without noticing these transitions but sometimes it is within these transitions that there is room to change and grow.

Kaitlyn McConnellBeing in New York for the last week I decided to take a mini vacation from Ashtanga and explore practicing with some of the great teachers in the New York area.  It was  really nice to get some inspiration from new places and new ideas but it also kept bringing me back to the idea of transitions.  So much of asana practice isn’t about the poses, it is about moving between the poses.  Especially in poses we practice almost every day, like downward dog, the focus can sometimes be lost as we are moving in and out of it but that is where a good portion of the work and mindfulness needs to be.  Not just on a physical level, sloppy transitions are generally where injuries happen, but moving deeper, transitions are where we can begin to notice our habits and things we want to change and can actually have the power to do so.

We are currently in Chicago, on the last leg of our journey before we begin our new lives in Seattle and I can feel a transitions beginning to happen.  We are beginning to let go of our ‘traveler’ selves and getting used to the idea of begin in one place for a while.  I won’t say it is an easy transition or that is going smoothly at every moment but I can feel within my heart the change that is happening and I am trying to pay attention to it, one breath at a time.

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  1. Dipika says:

    Kaitlyn, I too had similar if not the exact realization few months ago. After my partner and I traveled through southeast Asia,I began to wonder what I was really taking with me to my next destination, India. It is the most natural thing we go through, transitions. This period in between of something beginning and another thing ending has become vital to me as an opportunity for awareness and growth. Now, six months in India have passed by. Here I am again, once again in Southeast Asia soaking into that opportunity for growth and awareness. Through it all, hope has been the biggest gift in this phase.

    Looking forward to reading about your transitions back into the states.

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