Gumby Yoga – Only if you Lead with your Heart

Gumby Yoga

What comes to your mind when you think of Gumby?  A cute green, super flexible, smiley cartoon character?  Do you remember anything else?  Maybe his buddy, the horse Pokey?  They were best friends, always there for each other.  Maybe you remember his adventures.  I know, it was a long time ago, but dig deeper.  Here’s what I recall – that Gumby was always “bending over backwards” to be there for folks.  His heart was so open, so full, that he could literally stretch himself to be there for others.

Now that’s what yoga is all about for me.  Not that super flexible body stuff – that’s cool and all – but where I resonate is with that open heart business.  As my practice deepens, I realize that it is not about finding more ways to tie myself in knots – we tangle ourselves up enough as is – but rather the real focus is on finding more ways to stretch open the spaces in my heart and dust off the cobwebs of my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, I love finding new ways to deepen my back bends.  Urdhva dhanurasna (wheel), ustrasana (camel), eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon pose), pincer mayurasana/vrshchikasana (forearm balance/scorpion) & Warrior I – lay them on me.   But help me to remember that a pose is just a pose.  And the pose will remain static and boring until that point when my heart lifts up into it, and I am able to live from that open space.

In order to fully live my practice beyond the mat, I must be able to embody the being of Gumby – stretching, reaching, opening my heart so that I have the space to truly bend over backwards to be there for others.

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