My yoga instructor is reading The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This week’s yoga practice was based on one of the pillars in that book, forgiveness. On the yoga mat, this involved a lot of twisting and softening. In my reflections, this led me to consider the bitchy e-mail I received… Continue reading Forgiveness
Yoga was directed by the word allow. My instructor said this had to do with allowing one’s body to move into new positions and to allow for possibility. My immediate response was that my week had much to do with resistance. As I spent time on my mat, I thought about this disconnect. I participated… Continue reading Allow?
This was our yoga word of the day. Our instructor used it to think about entering a position, perhaps starting the movement slowly, pausing, and then trying to go further. I found it to have multiple meanings for my yoga practice. Someone in class is a noisy breather. I needed to have patience with that.… Continue reading Patience
My yoga instructor told us this had been the word guiding her practice this past week. She then spoke about changing our various yoga postures in a way meant to challenge not demand our bodies. This is all well and good. However it made me think of other areas involving adjustments. Last week I realized… Continue reading Adjust
While my yoga instructor was inviting us to breathe into our hips, which sounds really weird to me, a friend’s name popped into my head. I have not seen her for some time, this led to feeling guilty about having fallen out of contact. While I am not at all sure how this related… Continue reading Guilty
I took some of my house guests to my yoga class this past Friday. Each had some yoga experience, one more limited than the other. One has some physical challenges. Nonetheless we got everyone settled with a mat (and in one instance, also a chair). I found myself somewhat distracted by how my guests were… Continue reading Levels of Distraction
There was a substitute yoga teacher today. I was more than a little apprehensive about this. I am so very new to yoga and did not want to be pushed (too much) past my comfort zone. It turned out fine. She had some familiar poses and some new ones for us to try. Some… Continue reading Changes