Time to Raise Our Seat!

I see her/him on a regular basis. The seat on her bike is too low, his knees and elbows are sticking out, her shoulders are glued to her ears, his oversized windbreaker is creating a parachute effect (resistance), there is not enough air in the tires and she is peddling as fast as she can, going nowhere fast while creating tension in his knees, back, shoulders and neck.

When I see this cyclist I ask myself "Where I am creating resistance?" "Where would a few simple tweaks allow me to move forward with more ease?"

These important questions help us reflect on the habits we have created and that are now creating our reality (yes we create our habits and then our habits create us). And, they provide opportunities to let go of unnecessary limitations so that we can approach everyday interactions with more flow.

We all encounter periods in our life when the wind is at our back and periods when we are going against the wind; we can't change that. But, we can change how we experience the ride.

In some ways, until I met Brian 18 years ago, I was that cyclist. His knowledge brought clarity and created a whole new riding experience for me.

In the same manner, if we want to stop being our own obstacle all that is required is:

  • The knowledge (I had no idea my bike was ill-fitted until it was fitted);

  • A community to grow with; and

  • The guidance from someone who knows a little more than we do about the subject at hand.

Yoga and Ayurveda Show the Way!


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Sylvie Gouin

Ottawa, On, Canada


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