When asked about his sculpture, Michelangelo once remarked, “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” As true as this statement must have been for Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all time, it leaves one wondering. Was it not a statement that he may also have applied to his own life? Regardless of his physical routine for health, a quote like this would imply the work of a true yogi.
On or off the mat, in a yoga practice, purpose is everything. It’s why we have guidelines known as “cues” that challenge the body and mind. We have cues and direction of movement that reveal the body’s unfavorable patterns and give us the tools to gently go beyond them to a more fluid and healthy way to live in our skin.
Perhaps there is a Michelangelo in each of us. Used mindfully, cues become chisels that help reveal true Self. With a little help from a mindful yoga teacher, you can learn to take responsibility for your body, your thoughts and your actions. As a practicing yogi, you are your own sculptor. Use yoga to set yourself free!