Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This is challenging

The style of yoga I teach - heated power yoga - can be pretty challenging.  The room is heated to around 90 degrees, we move alot - it's a physically challenging practice, and you move your body in ways that are unusual & atypical in everyday life.  I usually don't play music, so there's no distraction.   It's just you, on your mat, in your body, with your breath.

At times, it can be uncomfortable.  New poses, new sequences of poses (class is never exactly the same twice), the heat, holding poses longer than you might like.  I remind seasoned students & new students alike to try walking their feet father apart, to sit their hips lower, to raise their arms higher.  In essence, I encourage them to move out of their comfort zone & try something different - dig a little deeper.  I also repeatedly remind students to rest when they feel it's needed.  For many, this is moving out of their comfort zone.

Even though this style of yoga is challenging, it's not about pushing & doing more.  It is about finding your strength. Your calm. Your center.  You learn (I've learned) that if you can find these things within in you as you hold a challenging pose, if you can take rest when everyone else is moving, then you just might be able to find these qualities I your life when things get uncomfortable.

It is about taking your practice off the mat.

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