I have enjoyed practicing Yoga for several years now but a freshly implemented goal this
year between my partner and I was to commit to incorporating two practices a week at
home before bed.
We particularly enjoy Yin Yoga which is a slower paced practice focusing on holding
poses for long periods of time to target the deep connective tissue, fascia, ligaments,
joints and bones. A perfect routine for someone of my height and (I hate to admit it) my
age. It is by far the best thing I have done to improve my physical health over the years.
For those who may be unfamiliar, one of the goals of the practice is to find your EDGE.
The Edge is the point in the pose when you are mentally and physically challenged, but
also able to find balance and ease. It is an indescribable feeling when your body is
challenging itself to explore its limits while your mind is fully aware, present and calm.
Finding my Edge in a yoga routine emulates how I try to live life.
When we explore our Edge, we are able to redefine what our personal limits are. It means
stepping outside of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to explore and grow. We are
then able to move beyond what we think we are capable of.
Everyone’s Edge is unique and it continuously changes. It is a moving target that
changes day to day, week to week and year to year. It marks the start of your growth
zone and is an anchoring point to measure progress. As you change and grow in life,
your Edge must be continuously re-evaluated. It is said in Yoga that the pose begins
when you want to leave it. To me, this means I not only have to push through the pain
and fear, I have to embrace it!
The Edge is the union of what you are now capable of and what you are not yet capable
of. The bridge between who you are now and who you will become, between who you
have been, and who you will be. Working at the Edge, not just in our physical practice but
in our day to day lives, enables us to actualize our full potential. We can then become the
people we want to be, and recognize that limits are often just barriers we impose on
When the Edge is discovered, we are able to achieve balance and harmony with
ourselves and others. I’d be honoured to help you find your Edge and achieve balance in
your life. Let’s talk!
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About the Author: Steve currently resides in the sunny Okanagan in British Columbia Canada where he spends his free time camping at remote lakes chasing monster rainbow trout with a flyrod.