In yoga, transition poses are fundamental to the flow of your practice. Smooth transitions can change your blood flow, how deeply you 'experience' individual poses, and they can also affect how well you connect with a teacher or the people around you.
In life, transitions can be challenging, but also invigorating.
On New Year's Eve, I moved out of my SF apartment, a bittersweet experience. Moving out of a home that you've created can be heartbreaking because of the effort you put into creating a space that is yours. Your home is the place where you should feel safest, in an ideal world. It's a place to recharge, to connect with loved ones, or to disconnect when necessary. Having a home that is a 'perfect' space is a real privilege.
The significance of a New Year move is extra symbolic, because many people view a New Year as an invitation to start fresh, to hit the reset button, to resolve to be your best self, or at least a better version of your current self.
On my final evening at home, I had intended to take a New Year's Eve yoga class, but serendipitously misread the start time. I think this may have been fate, because I had the privilege of practicing solo - in an empty room, in front of the fireplace.
It was an experience I would have created in a vision or dream and I loved it. I loved being by myself and absorbing the minimalism of the space and the warmth of the fire. Emptiness can create sadness, but it can also create opportunity and focus.
As people we are defined by the way we handle change. Some individuals crave change, and seek it out relentlessly, always in pursuit of something new or exciting. Others fear the unknown. Most people fall somewhere in between.
I do really believe that we bring 'home' with us. That we are most at home, not in a material space, but in a spiritual space, where we are surrounded by the love of others and love for ourselves. I'd like to carry this thought into 2014, as a reminder to love myself and to bring home with me wherever I go.