This morning I went to a yoga class.
The style of yoga I practiced was in a hot room and it was a Flow class. Every teacher and/or studio may teach Flow differently but for the most part there’s influences from Ashtanga or Vinyasa where the breath guides the movement and each breath flows into the next posture.
I have been practicing yoga for 10 yrs now and have been studying yoga as a teacher and its philosophy for almost 5yrs.
It’s been a while since I’ve practiced yoga physically on a daily basis but I carry yoga philosophies mentally and emotionally every day with me to “work” and towards life. So today, I challenged myself physically in a Flow class.
Don’t get me wrong, I practice physical yoga.. not as frequently and mostly restorative. My job is quite active or busy so restorative is the best way for me to balance out my dosha.
And so I flowed through my practice bringing the body and mind together. At first, I thought my body would not adjust to the practice very well because it’s been a while since I did a Flow class and my cardio and strength not there… but as I began to flow through each posture, I grew stronger, more energetic and my muscles just moved where I want them to go. LOL. And with every breath I took, I felt great!
I was able to get into crane pose, a full wheel backbend amongst other postures I haven’t explored in awhile. And that felt great!
Well, if you’ve been a practitioner of yoga for awhile and you leave your physical practice but kept the mental practice, you’re body and muscles will remember. It’s kinda like riding a bike; you just don’t forget how to ride and fall. In getting into the class, I was able to maintain the open heart concept where I didn’t expect anything and opened my mind to every challenge before me.
It has been a way of life for me to see through all the physical, mental and emotional challenges in the last few years and yoga did not let me down at any moment and never deserted me whenever I need to go back to it. People have come and gone but not my yoga.
I foresee a future where my yoga practice will be paralleled with life coaching and that the physical practice will become a tool for us to find strength and energy to take on any task the universe sets forth for us.
Until next time.