How’s everyone doing today?
I had a very yoga filled weekend! Bikram yesterday morning and today I tried out a new studio!
Buffalo Power Yoga! It was my first time with this type of yoga and I have to say I AM HOOKED! Not only was it a great challenge (there were so many new poses to try out!), but I loved the faster pace! A welcome change from Bikram. In case you’re unfamiliar with Bikram…it is the same 26 poses each time. Don’t get me wrong, I love working on improving each posture every time I go, but sometimes its nice to do other styles of yoga as well.
What I enjoyed even more than the class itself, was the instructor! She was SO helpful and really led a great class. You know those people who you just know automatically are good individuals? That’s how she was! A completely calming presence and very welcoming. I also loved the fact that she pushed me. A few times I was attempting to get into a few different inversions and instead of letting me go back to the less advanced position she would come over and help me into the advanced move. The personal attention was great…especially considering how PACKED the class was. We were like sardines in there!
[pretty much like this but more packed and in a smaller room]
But ya know what, despite the heat, the challenging poses, and the tight space…the hardest part of class for me was the same as always: Savasana. Better known as the last ten or so minutes of class when you lay on your back and pretty much do nothing. But its much more than that.
It’s the time you are supposed to embrace stillness, clear your mind, and acknowledge the work your body has done during the practice. Easier said than done!
For someone like me who always likes to be moving and doing…just being is VERY HARD.
I find myself struggling to clear my mind and just relax. All of the sudden I start running through my to-do lists, thinking about the day ahead, and most definitely not staying present.
Today however, I really tried to focus.
I love the way the instructor discussed Savasana. It was like she was speaking directly to me.
She talked about how we should try to approach it in the same way we would a new pose. It won’t be perfect the first time…you have to practice and ease your way into it.
So for instance, today she said that if we were struggling to be present and just be, try at least to focus our thoughts on something specific…something positive. Not our worries or the pressures of the outside world, but something more centering like the things we appreciate about our bodies or reflecting on the class we just completed.
I tried this and it actually worked! Granted it was difficult and I had to remind myself a few times to loosen up and release the tension in my body…I still did it! (I chose to focus on the physical things I like and appreciate about my body…a list that I will share with you all! Probably tomorrow! It was a really eye opening exercise.)
The next step will be working on just focusing on my breath, then eventually I will be able to embrace just being.
Overall I had a really good experience! Oh and before I forget, guess what song the instructor played for the last few minutes of Savasana?
Do you ever find yourself struggling with being present/mindful?
Would you describe yourself as Type A or are you more easy going and carefree?