A quote I am sharing in my classes this week is one from Mr. Rogers. He says, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is for serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." As adults how often do we allow ourselves to play? When did life get so serious that we don't allow time to goof off. Play is an avenue of learning as a child, but why does it have to stop there? Lifes experiences are a means for learning, trying new things, making mistakes, falling down. We move through our day to day lives, some of us afraid of being judged, so we may ignore the desire to be more free and to have fun. Why shouldn't grown ups have fun too? The better question is, why not!
In our yoga practice, we get taught that things are a certain way. And in some studios we are told if its different, it is wrong. Why should our movement practice be so rigid and restricted? What if we invited a sense of freedom and curiosity onto our mats with us. How much lighter could we feel if we allowed that space to be one of play and learning. To be curious about our bodies, our movements, and see where that takes us.
So my invitation to you is to find time in your day, or in your week where you allow yourself to play. And check in with how that makes you feel. Be light, be free, and have fun.