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Sometimes, “The Obstacle is the Path”
by Ally Hamilton



Editor's Note from Brooke Nisbet: In this article the author reminds us that sometimes, we need to realize that the path that we are so determined to stay on, may need to just be thrown to the wind in order to open the door for a new life plan that truly resonates with who we are now. This can be said for your yoga practice as well. When you're in a yoga pose that seems too hard or too demanding or just downright nuts...let it go. Allow yourself to back off, to approach it in a different way on a different day, to focus on the letting go of it rather than the tightly hanging on of it. Be kind to yourself in your practice and chart a new path when you need to.

We all have our plans, our intentions, things that we’re working towards, and that we hope to accomplish. But some of the absolute best gifts in my life have come out of those times when my plan got turned totally on its head. In those moments when everything comes to a screeching halt (or sometimes it’s a slow burn), it can be scary and confusing, and it’s natural for feelings of anger, frustration, and resentment to emerge. The “WHY is this happening??” comes out. Once as I was driving, I saw a man literally shaking his fist at the sky and I wanted to get out and give him a hug. (But he was screaming and flailing, and I wasn’t entirely sure he wasn’t on drugs ;) ). So, I just sent him love and thought, “I get it, brother, I truly do.” We are tiny humans, drops of water in a huge ocean, and sometimes it’s so hard to understand what is afoot. But I’ve been through it enough times to realize that sometimes the very best, most liberating and fearless thing you can do, is give up your plan, throw it to the wind. Adjust to a new set of circumstances, chart a new course, and trust that something amazing is at play. There may be pain and anguish on the path toward amazing, but if you can walk that path with a tiny little smile on your face, and an easy gait even if the terrain is a little rough, it’s a lot better than scrambling to hold onto something that is no longer there, or trying to control circumstances. We get attached to our plans sometimes, and we fail to recognize that a new doorway has opened, that we are perhaps, capable of so much more than we dreamed, and that if we could only trust, surrender, open and breathe, the path would open. And it’s good to remember what Buddha said, there are many times when: “The obstacle is the path.” Sending you LOVE on your journey!



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About the Author

Ally Hamilton began practicing yoga during her senior year at Columbia University. During the course of her 22 years of practice and 17 years of teaching, she has studied with Dharma Mittra, Bryan Kest (at whose studio she taught for over five years), Jorgen Christiansson, with whom she began practicing Ashtanga in 2001 and later assisted, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Saul David Raye. In September 2009, with the help of her husband, she opened her own yoga studio in Santa Monica, Yogis Anonymous, and has built a vibrant community around some of the best teaching talent in Southern California. She has also pioneered the use of technology in yoga with a first-of-its-kind online yoga video website which provides live-streaming and on-demand yoga videos featuring top yoga instructors from around the world. Off the mat, you'll most likely find Ally chasing after her five year old son and two year old daughter.

Learn more: yogisanonymous.com/live




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