The Unknown.

For many years, I thought that the unknown was something, a “place”, outside of me. Happily, everything changes.

Yesterday, I came back from the 2013 National Iyengar Yoga Convention in Voiron, France. From Friday we were experiencing ourselves through the practice guided by the master of the ceremony: Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh who has been studying with Guruji since he was a kid and who – with his wife Parizad- also run the Iyengar Yogabhyasa School in Mumbay.

Zubin and Corine Biria, who translated into French.
Zubin and Corine Biria.
Poster of the Convention.
Poster of the Convention.

We had two days and a half to realize our mistakes. Now, it´s in our hands to see if we´re going to be able to change them… That´s  a small part of the transformative power of yoga: From the over-experience of our own body, we can realize our lack of sensibility. Through the practice we develop the sensibility and awareness we need and the practice change to something close to an endless journey that takes us from the comfort found in everything we think we know to the completely alive and scary unknown.

Like the Upanishads say:

“Lead Us From the Unreal To the Real,
Lead Us From Darkness To Light,
Lead Us From Death To Immortality,
Let There Be Peace Peace Peace”

Inner space rockets.
Inner space rockets.

If you know a little bit of my story, you know that during last year my life changed completely because I fell in love and I decided to leave my nice, quiet and happy life in Chile to follow my love. We were traveling during eight months and this blog born as a way to share all of those overwhelming feelings that started to grow inside of me due to this new experience.

I left everything I knew to go into the unknown. And it was hard and amazing.

For many years, my dear master José María Vigar, always tried to make me work better from my back body. He tried to move my awareness from outside-in; he tried to teach me how to go deeper in my practice… But  today I think that, no matter how hard I (and he) tried, the truth is that I wasn´t ready to feel it.

I believe that what happens outside is a reflex of what happen inside. And vice versa. Everything is interconnected, you know.

Today, I see that what happened last year aparently outside was making me more sensitive to be able to touch the unknown inside of my little tiny own body. My own and personal spaceship.

During the last three days, I was able to touch my back body in a way I never felt before. It might sound like a simple thing. The truth is that I found the Universe inside of myself. Of course that I have many mistakes to correct, I need to find my own ways but, there is something that I learnt not through my mind but through my body this weekend:

The Unknown is closer than we think.

Guruji knows it. Urdhva Dhanurasana.
Guruji knows it. Urdhva Dhanurasana.